1st Edition

Commonsense in Nuclear Energy

By Fred Hoyle, Geoffrey Hoyle Copyright 1980

    Originally published in 1979, written at a time when the world stood on the brink of (another) energy crisis, this book argued that an alternative primary fuel had to be found and that the answer lay in the exploitation of nuclear fission. The book sought to dispel the anxieties of environmentalists by correcting what the authors felt were basic misconceptions about nuclear energy. The book distinguishes carefully between nuclear energy and nuclear explosions, as the authors believed that it was the confusion between these two very different things which lies at the root of most opposition to nuclear energy. The Relevant facts concerning nuclear energy are presented in a straightforward way and the case made that nuclear energy can be clean and safe. The book includes a discussion of the storage of nuclear waste and the safety record of the nuclear industry.

    Part 1: Morphology Preface 1. The Emplacement of Silicic Lava Flows and Associated Hazards Jonathan H. Fink 2. The Blocky Andesitic Lava Flows of Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica Scott R. Linneman and Andrea Borgia 3. Aa Lavas of Mount Etna, Sicily Christopher R. J. Kilburn and John E. Guest 4. Extra-terrestrial Lava Flows Rosaly M. C. Lopes-Gautier Part 2: Monitoring Preface 5. Field Observation of Active Lava in Hawaii: Some Practical Considerations Robert I. Tilling & Donald W. Peterson 6. Measuring the Properties of Flowing Lavas Harry Pinkerton 7. Convection Heat Transfer Rates in Molten Lava Harry C. Hardee 8. Remote Sensing of Active Lava David A. Rothery & David C. Pieri Part 3: Modelling Preface 9. Modelling The Rheology and Cooling of Lava Flows Michele Dragoni 10. Lava Crusts, aa Flow Lengthening and the Pahoehoe-aa Transition Christopher R. J. Kilburn 11. Thermal Feedback Mechanisms and their Potential Influence on the Emplacement of Lavas Harry C. Hardee 12. Cellular Automata Methods For Modelling Lava Flows: Simulation of the 1987-1987 Eruption, Mount Etna, Sicily D. Barca, G. M. Crisci, S. Di Gregorio & F. Nicoletta 13. A Short Introduction To Continuum Mechanics Søren-Aksel Sørensen Part 4: Mediating Preface 14. Interactions Between Scientists, Civil Authorities and the Public at Hazardous Volcanoes Donald W. Peterson & Robert I. Tilling.


    Fred Hoyle was one of the 20th Century's great scientific thinkers. He was Plumian Professor at Cambridge 1957 – 1972 and founder director of the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy in Cambridge 1967-1972.  

    After working in the film and television industry Geoffrey Hoyle began a long lasting collaboration with his father, Fred Hoyle in the 1960s. Together they wrote a number of science fiction novels and political thrillers as well as a series of books for children. Geoffrey regularly provided photographic and research support to his father's writing projects.