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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199759464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199759460
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 1.5 x 14 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is a must read for all literate citizens living in this century...Essential" - CHOICE


About the Author

Charles D. Ferguson is President of the Federation of American Scientists and an Adjunct Professor in Georgetown University's Security Studies Program. Trained as a physicist and nuclear engineer, he has worked on nuclear policy issues at the U.S. Department of State and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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By Diana Volesky on Aug. 6 2013
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It's a good overview - more could be writen to explain certain concepts. It's lacking references so if you want to learn more about a certain topic you may be out of luck.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Interesting, objective, informative April 15 2012
By Adam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this because I am interested in the policy debates around energy production. I'm a policy wonk rather than a scientist, but am interested in understanding the science so that I can make more informed judgments about nuclear energy.

I've been delighted with this book so far. There is enough science here for a science-literate non-scientist to understand what's going on - i.e. how nuclear energy works, what radiation is, what kinds of radiation present what kinds of problems, how different degrees of uranium enrichment are necessary for civilian and military uses, and so on.

The author certainly seems to have a good grasp of the issues, and has the credentials that make you think he ought to. He's also very objective - tells you what's good and not good about nuclear energy vs coal or wind power; whether uranium is in short supply; that nuclear power is very expensive in some ways and relatively cheap in others, etc. So I have confidence that I'm getting balanced information and will therefore be able to come to my own conclusions.

There are places where I'd like more detail, and may seek a follow-up book. However, the trade-off is that this book gives you a good introduction to many facets of nuclear energy, and the author has made it interesting enough that I'm keen to learn more. I enthusiastically recommend this book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent source to understand how Nuclear Power Generation fits into the larger Energy Sector Landscape Jan. 27 2013
By Shaker Cherukuri - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book to understand how Nuclear Power Generation fits into the overall scheme of things in Energy Sector. The book explains the history behind the evolution in the industry, the accidents (TMI, Chernobyl, Fukushima), the regulation, the economics and the future.

It is a balanced analysis and considers the possibility that someday Renewable Energy (like Wind and Solar) might make Nuclear Power Generation unnecessary.

In my opinion, we will still need Nuclear Power for space exploration and colonies. So continued research is critical. Generation IV Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs) might provide that bridge and could become a staple of base load power.

Mr. Charles Ferguson talks about how as we transition from fossil fuels for power generation and transportation, Nuclear Energy might be the bridge that meets our energy needs. I agree.

My take: As computing goes from desk to cloud, power generation might eventually go the other way with distributed augmentation using renewables and baseload using Nuclear Generation IV and later reactors.

PS. It is not a technical book about Nuclear Engineering.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Finally a book that summarizes where we are March 13 2012
By John W. Fuqua - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have looked for such a book for a long time.
The author seems to want to be---and I think is---fair to all sides of the topic not only of nuclear but alternatives. It reminded me of Feynman's comment that each theory should present the good and the bad, not just what you propose.
He points outs the pro/con of each alternative [focus on nuclear though], costs, time frames to build and operate, benefits, causes of disasters and what has been done to prevent more, etc..
Most of the articles I've seen on nuclear technology are either outdated [several years old] or are advocating for one technology. I'm especially interested in the fast neutron pyrometalic technology and this book does deal with it along with other 4th generation technology.
Readers will learn alot where nuclear stands and comparisons with other technology.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Primer on Nuclear Power April 16 2014
By paul lee - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent primer on nuclear power. It discusses in an accessible manner the pros and cons of nuclear power generation. If you are looking to go more into the science and technology from a physical perspective this isn't your book as there aren't any equations that can be found in a textbook on this subject. This book is for the generalist who may have questions on this topic.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book, Covers Everything One Should Know About the Nuclear Industry Aug. 6 2014
By Amazon User - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book from cover to cover; its an excellent text that is very informative. The Author consistently proves that he has a thorough understanding of the broad subject of nuclear energy; from the science, to the politics, to the future of nuclear energy, and even other "renewable" energy sources that man can, and should, harness and perfect in the future. I even searched online several times to verify that the information the author was explaining were accurate.
Personally, politics bore me so I did skip over a few pages and paragraphs that focused a little too much on politics (I estimate there are ~20 pages discussing nuclear politics). However, the author does emphasized several interesting points regarding the political struggle the nuclear energy industry is facing so you will not be disappointed if you want to learn about that.
After reading this book, not only am I going to save it for future reference, I'm also going to purchase similar books that discuss nuclear energy. You are bound to learn a lot about nuclear energy after reading this book. Buy it.


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