eBook Hiroshima to Fukushima, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 3642387276
  • ISBN-13: 9783642387272
  • DDC: 539.752
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 225 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014
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Overview

Set against a backdrop of the recent disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, ’Hiroshima to Fukushima’ examines the issue of radiation safety. The author provides important and accurate scientific information about the radioactive substances arising from nuclear power plants and weapons, including the effects of this radiation on living organisms. Currently, humankind is at a crossroads and must decide whether to phase out or increase its reliance on nuclear power as weapons and an energy source. Although a few countries, mostly European, have vowed to abolish nuclear power as an energy source, many other countries are about to increase their nuclear power programs. This book is written from a Japanese perspective and thus provides an alternative to views of Western writers. The author includes rigorous scientific analyses, however maintains a broad scope, which allows the book to be accessible to decision-makers and non-specialists.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Preface.
Acknowledgements.
Contents.
1: The Nuclear World, the Chemical World, and Radiation.
2: The Nuclear World.
3: Nuclear Power and Radiation.
4: The Chemical World.
5: The Military Uses of Nuclear Power: Hiroshima.
6: Developing Atomic Bombs: The Manhattan Project.
7: Devastation Caused by the Atomic Bombs: Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
8: Other Nuclear Weapons.
9: The “Peaceful” Uses of Nuclear Power: Fukushima.
10: The Development of Nuclear Power Reactors and the Nuclear Industry.
11: Major Incidences of the Failure of Nuclear Facilities.
12: The Interactions of Radiation with the Chemical/Biological World: The Biohazards of Radiation.
13: Interactions of Radiation with the Chemical World.
14: Chemicals and Their Behaviors in Biological Systems.
15: The Effects of Radiation on Biological Systems.
16: Control of Cell Processes and Defenses against Radiation.
17: Health Effects of Radiation Revealed So Far.
18: Data on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
19: Data on Chernobyl.
20: Data on Fukushima.
21: A-Bomb Tests; Three Mile Island and Other Incidents; NPPs under Normal Operation; Depleted Uranium Bombs.
22: High-Energy Radiation Is Incompatible with Life.
23: The Science of Biohazards of Radiation Has Been Influenced by Non-Scientific Interests.
24: Falsification and Suppression of the Truth.
25: The Crisis of Human Civilization and Life-Supporting Planet Earth.
Postscript.