Advances in Nuclear Science and Technology

  • Jeffery Lewins
  • Martin Becker

Part of the Advances in Nuclear Science & Technology book series (ANST, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. E. Janet Tawn, Richard Wakeford
    Pages 1-29
  3. Timothy E. Valentine
    Pages 31-52
  4. Bill K.H. Sun, Andrei N. Kossilov
    Pages 155-169
  5. A. Borovoi, S. Bogatov
    Pages 171-214
  6. Jacques Devooght
    Pages 215-278
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 279-281

About this book


The present review volume not only covers a wide range of topics pertinent to nuclear science and technology, but has attracted a distinguished international authorship, for which the editors are grateful. The opening review by Drs. Janet Tawn and Richard Wakeford addresses the difficult matter of questioning sci- tific hypotheses in a court of law. The United Kingdom experienced a substantial nuclear accident in the 1950s in the form of the Windscale Pile fire. This in itself had both good and bad consequences; the setting up of a licensing authority to ensure nuclear safety was one, the understandable public sentiment concerning nuclear power (despite the fire occurring in a weapons pile) the other. Windscale today is subsumed in the reprocessing plant at Sellafield operated by British Nuclear Fuels plc and it was inevitable perhaps that when an excess cluster of childhood leukaemia was observed in the nearby village of Seascale that public concern should be promoted by the media, leading to the hearing of a claim of compensation brought on behalf of two of the families of BNFLs workers who had suffered that loss. The review article demonstrates the complexity of und- standing such a claim against the statistical fluctuations inherent and shows how the courts were persuaded of the need to propose a biological mechanism if responsibility were to be held. The Company were undoubtedly relieved by the finding.


Chernobyl algorithms complexity nuclear reactor radiation

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeffery Lewins
    • 1
  • Martin Becker
    • 2
  1. 1.Cambridge UniversityCambridgeEngland
  2. 2.Oregon Graduate Institue of Science and TechnologyPortland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-45604-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-47812-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0065-2989
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