Nuclear Power

  • David J. Rose
Part of the Modern Perspectives in Energy book series (MPIE)


Because nuclear power has stimulated so many conflicting views, so much social debate and political controversy, any significant discussion of it must include some examination of those matters. Thus this chapter augments technical presentations with commentary, even more than do most of the other chapters. Personal views and opinions always lurk behind such commentary, no matter how the writer might disclaim bias; the very choice of material steers attitudes this way or that. The best that can be done is to present what seem to be reasonable and important issues as honestly and evenly as possible, so that the reader feels substantially assisted in understanding the issues, and not intellectually manipulated or proselytized.


Nuclear Power Plant Nuclear Waste Nuclear Weapon Spend Fuel Atomic Energy Commission 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. Rose
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  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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