Originally published in 1961. This book gives the layman a better understanding of the nature of nuclear power and explains some of the major problems which have to be overcome in making practical use of it. It is concerned mainly with the different kinds of nuclear reactors - their underlying principles are explained and illustrated by reference to particular plants or design studies. Interested readers will find that the discussion of principles is full enough, and the range covered wide enough, to provide a broad view of the subject and a useful introduction to some more technical literature.
Table of Contents
1. Energy, Atoms, and Neutrons 2. Nuclear Fuels and Fuel Cycles 3. Some Different Kinds of Reactors 4. The Cost of Nuclear Power 5. Some National Nuclear Power Programmes 6. Gas-Cooled Graphite-Moderated Reactors 7. Hydrogen-Moderated Systems 8. Fast Reactors 9. The Sodium-Graphite Reactor System 10. Liquid-Fuelled Reactors 11. Other Civil Applications of Nuclear Energy 12. Reactor Development: Some Technical, and Social, Knowns and Unknowns. Appendices: I. Selected Reading List II. Glossary of Technical Terms, Some Common Abbreviations III. Leading Characteristics of British Power Reactors