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.
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
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
16. Research: The Path Forward
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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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