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Nuclear Power Explained

Authors: Eidemüller, Dirk

  • A compact primer on nuclear power for lay readers
  • Includes dozens of behind-the-scenes images within nuclear facilities
  • Covers controversial topics such as health and safety risks, uranium mining, nuclear proliferation and waste disposal
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From World War II to the present day, nuclear power has remained a controversial topic in the public eye. In the wake of ongoing debates about energy and the environment, policymakers and laypeople alike are once more asking the questions posed by countless others over the decades: What actually happens in a nuclear power plant? Can we truly trust nuclear energy to be safe and reliable? Where does all that radiation and waste go?

This compelling and accessible primer teaches you everything you would want to know about nuclear power. Split into three parts, the chapters walk readers through the basics of nuclear physics and radioactivity; the history of nuclear power usage, including the most famous nuclear events and disasters over time; the science and engineering behind nuclear power plants; the politics and policies of various nations; and finally, the societal impact of such technology into the future. Featured along the way are dozens of behind-the-scenes, full-color images of nuclear facilities.

Written in a nontechnical style with minimal equations, this book will appeal to lay readers, policymakers and professionals looking to acquire a more well-rounded view about this complex subject.

About the authors

Dr. Dirk Eidemüller is a science journalist and author living in Berlin. He studied physics and philosophy in Darmstadt, Heidelberg, Rome, and Berlin, specializing in nuclear and astroparticle physics. His PhD thesis was on the philosophy of science, on the interactions between the interpretations of modern physics and biology. Previously, Dr. Eidemüller worked at the German Academy of Science and Engineering before transitioning to a career in science journalism.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nuclear Power Explained
Authors
Series Title
Popular Science
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-72670-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-72670-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-72669-0
Series ISSN
2626-6113
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 190
Number of Illustrations
21 b/w illustrations, 81 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
English translation of the original German edition published by S. Hirzel Verlag, Stuttgart, 2012
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