Readership: General readers and scholars
interested in nuclear energy, international affairs, politics, sustainable energy, nuclear proliferation, and environmental studies.
Charles D. Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists
Charles D. Ferguson is President of the Federation of American Scientists and an Adjunct Professor in Georgetown University's Security Studies Program. Trained as a physicist and nuclear engineer, he has worked on nuclear policy issues at the U.S. Department of State and the Council on Foreign Relations.
"An accessible text with a strong structure that provides a launch pad for further exploration." - Murray Collins, London School of Economics (LSE)
What is energy, and what is power?
Is most energy that people use derived from nuclear energy?
What is the origin of nuclear energy?
What is radioactivity?
Why is ionizing radiation a health concern?
What is radioactive half-life, and how can knowing it help increase countries' security?
How much more energetic is nuclear energy compared to chemical energy?
Why has it been so difficult to commercialize nuclear fusion?
How was nuclear fission discovered?
What role, if any, did Albert Einstein play in the discovery of nuclear energy?
What is a fission chain reaction?
What is uranium, where did it come from, and how was it discovered?
What is plutonium, how was it discovered, and how hazardous is it?
Why can't nuclear reactors explode like a nuclear bomb?
What is the nuclear fuel cycle?
Why are certain activities in the nuclear fuel cycle called <"dual-use>"?
What are the various uranium enrichment methods?
What are the nuclear