Surveys the history and development of nuclear power and presents both sides of the controversy surrounding its use.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Grade 6 Up-- With the accidents at the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl nuclear reactors as focal points, Pringle explores the public policy decisions and consequences of nuclear power. Pringle claims to present both sides of this controversial issue; however, the arguments against nuclear power come through loudest. Despite this apparent tilt, Pringle gives an exceptionally knowledgable and thoughtful treatment of a difficult subject. The book, an update of a 1979 text, starts with the first commercial nuclear power plants in the 1950s and leads up to new reactor designs that could trigger a "second nuclear age." Along the way, Pringle discusses the health risks of radioactivity, the soaring economics of building nuclear reactors, nuclear waste disposal, and the entrenched political opposition to these form of energy. He also explains how the nuclear industry evolved. Nuclear power proponents will certainly dispute some of Pringle's statements or allusions, especially his emphasis on problem nuclear plants. There are, they would argue, well built, efficiently run, nuclear reactors. Yet, Pringle is correct in subtitling this book troubled past, uncertain future. This is a savvy, well-written book on a subject often confused by hysteria and misinformation. A glossary and good list of additional readings are included. --Alan Newman, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Atheneum, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027753913