Half-Lives: A Guide to Nuclear Technology in Canada

Paperback | March 25, 2009

byHans Tammemagi, David Jackson

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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 itoffers 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-designedCANDU 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.

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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 itoffers in a uniquely Canadian context.Without mat...

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 Ca...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:March 25, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195431529

ISBN - 13:9780195431520

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Nuclear Technology at the Crossroads2. Splitting the Atom3. Radiation Everywhere4. Biological Effects of Radiation5. Electricity and an Impending Energy Crisis6. CANDU: The Canadian Reactor7. The Global Nuclear Picture8. Safety: The Prime Imperative9. Nuclear Power and the Environment10. High-Level Nuclear Waste11. Nuclear Medicine: The Gift of Life12. Nuclear Technology in Industry and Science: Vast Potential13. Uranium: The Nuclear Fuel14. The Fission Future15. Fusion: The Energy of the Future?16. Research: The Path ForwardAppendix AAppendix BGlossary