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The need for this handbook is a direct consequence of a very large accumulation of new theoretical and experimental data on nucleur properties. The first five chapters are devoted to the presentation of experimental and theoretical aspects of the following…

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Originally published by Doubleday in 1969, this topical volume delineates the French position on thermonuclear weapons, as well as outlines the theories of deterrence and graduated retaliation that have guided U.S. nuclear policy formation. Also examines the…

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On August 6 and August 9, 1945, the world became aware of the destructiveness of nuclear energy when the U.S. Army Air Corps dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Even before the bombs were detonated, though, President Harry Truman had directed his…

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On May 26, 1958, the Shippingport, Pennsylvania, nuclear power station ushered in the age of the "peaceful atom" when it became the first nuclear power plant to go on-line. Throughout its more than three decades of operation, Shippingport encountered many of the…

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In this revealing book Nobel Laureate Glenn T. Seaborg tells what it was like to be chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission during the Nixon presidency. He draws extensively from his meticulously kept diary, enabling the reader to be a fly on the wall during…

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Nuclear power, one of the most controversial examples of high-risk technology, often sparks debates concerning safety and environmental contamination. Much of the opposition to nuclear power plants stems from the issue of plant siting, mostly because of its…

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What if the bomb that exploded in Oklahoma City or New York's World Trade Center had used 100 pounds of highly enriched uranium? The destruction would have been far more vast. This danger is not so remote: the recipe for making such a bomb is simple, and soon…

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While the long-term storage of high-level wastes is just starting in some countries, low and medium-level wastes have been stored for several decades. Further, interim storage of spent fuel has been extended at many locations far beyond the intended time span.…

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"Goes a long way toward explaining why some catastrophes lead to more governmental response than others."-Political Science Quarterly.