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In the face of climate change and oil shortages, nuclear technology offers many important possibilities. 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.

Half-Lives explains the fundamentals of nuclear reactions and radioactivity with deftly crafted prose that precludes the need for a deep background in mathematics or science. 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.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195431520
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/7/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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 Canadian Nuclear Society, Director of the Canadian Nuclear Association, and scientific reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Preface vii

1 Nuclear Technology at the Crossroads 1

2 Splitting the Atom 5

3 Radiation Everywhere 24

4 Biological Effects of Radiation 37

5 Electricity and an Impending Energy Crisis

6 CANDU: The Canadian Reactor 76

7 The Global Nuclear Picture 91

8 Safety: The Prime Imperative 103

9 Nuclear Power and the Environment 121

10 High-Level Nuclear Waste 140

11 Nuclear Medicine 153

12 Nuclear Technology in Industry and Science 167

13 Uranium: The Nuclear Fuel 182

14 The Fission Future 200

15 Fusion: The Energy of the Future? 208

16 Research: The Path Forward 220

Glossary 237

Appendix A 245

Appendix B 258

Notes and Bibliography 259

Index 268

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