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Radiation and Radioactivity on Earth and Beyond




ISBN 9780849386756
Published May 12, 1993 by CRC Press
368 Pages

 
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This book features information regarding the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the production of elementary particles, radiation exposure, the geopolitical effects of the end of the nuclear arms race between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union, and the future of nuclear power.

Table of Contents

A Story that Covers Almost a Century
Radioactivity and Matter
Ionizing Radiation
Chemical Aspects of Nuclear Processes
Nucleosynthesis, Cosmic Radiation, and the Universe
The Interstellar and Interplanetary Medium
The Early Earth
The Contemporary Earth
Nuclear Energy
Perspectives
Glossary
Index

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"A masterly attempt at setting radioactivity in context...Anyone interested in radioactivity should read it..."
- New Scientist

Radiation and Radioactivity on Earth and Beyond is a remarkable compendium of information on how radiation affects the Earth and its inhabitants. The book provides insight into the history of and developments in the fields of radioactivity and nuclear energy. Basic facts on the nature of radioactivity are presented, including the structure of matter from elementary particles to atoms and ionizing radiation and its interactions with matter.

The book is organized so that anyone interested in the effects of radiation will find it easy to read. A page with comments describing the major points to be covered precedes each chapter. At the end of each chapter there is an annotated bibliography that provides details regarding contents, readership, and other features of interest for each book listed. A glossary of scientific and technical terms is included at the end of the book.

The Second Edition of Radiation and Radioactivity on Earth and Beyond features new information regarding the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the production of elementary particles, radiation exposure, the geopolitical effects of the end of the nuclear arms race between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union, and the future of nuclear power. This book is important reading for anyone concerned with radiation, nuclear energy, and scientific space research.