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Paperback 220 pp.
56 b/w illustrations, 6" x 9"



Publication date:
March 2009

Imprint: OUP Canada

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A Guide to Nuclear Technology in Canada

Hans Tammemagi and David Jackson

In the face of climate change and oil shortages, nuclear technology offers many important possibilities. Separating myth from reality, Half-Lives evaluates the promise of nuclear technology as a source of clean energy, as well as the wide range of applications in medicine and industry it offers in a uniquely Canadian context.

Without math or complicated science, Half-Lives explains the fundamentals of nuclear reactions and radioactivity. The uses of nuclear technology in Canada are explored in clear, accessible language, from uranium mining to electricity-producing nuclear power reactors (including the Canadian-designed CANDU reactor), to nuclear medicine and industrial applications. Accentuated with photographs, text boxes, short biographies of key scientists, diagrams, two appendices, and a glossary, this book will also have an important role as a key reference tool.

First published in 2002, Half-Lives remains the only book to consider nuclear technology from a Canadian perspective; this new edition updates the issues in light of industry developments, politics, and environmental crisis.

Readership : This definitive guide will be used as a sourcebook/reference in engineering departments and environmental science courses; it will also be of interest to many general readers in Canada wanting to understand more as Canada builds more nuclear reactors in the coming years. This book will also be a key title for libraries across the country.

1. Nuclear Technology at the Crossroads
2. Splitting the Atom
3. Radiation Everywhere
4. Biological Effects of Radiation
5. Electricity and an Impending Energy Crisis
6. CANDU: The Canadian Reactor
7. The Global Nuclear Picture
8. Safety: The Prime Imperative
9. Nuclear Power and the Environment
10. High-Level Nuclear Waste
11. Nuclear Medicine: The Gift of Life
12. Nuclear Technology in Industry and Science: Vast Potential
13. Uranium: The Nuclear Fuel
14. The Fission Future
15. Fusion: The Energy of the Future?
16. Research: The Path Forward
Appendix A
Appendix B

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Hans Tammemagi is a writer and environmental consultant, as well as the environment columnist for the Vancouver Sun. He is an adjunct professor at the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria. David Jackson is Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at McMaster University. He has served as President of the Canadian Nuclear Society <http://www.cns-snc.ca>, Director of the Canadian Nuclear Association <http://www.cns.ca>, and scientific reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change <http://www.ipcc.ch>.

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Special Features

  • Two experts evaluate the role of nuclear technology in Canada's future.
  • As the world comes to grips with climate change and volatile oil prices, this timely book considers the potential for nuclear technology.
  • Well-illustrated and clearly written, this book will open the debate on the future of nuclear technology for Canadians.