27 No. 1
Jiri Hala and James D. Navratil
Konvoj, Brno, Czech Republic, 2003
This textbook focuses on basic information about radioactivity, nuclear reactions, properties and measurements of ionizing radiation, nuclear energy, and technology, and their environmental aspects. The core of the book proceeds from the authors’ lectures in nuclear chemistry and environmental radioactivity at the School of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, and in actinide and radiochemistry at Clemson University, Anderson, South Carolina.
The authors’ original intention was to write a basic textbook appropriate for introductory courses related to the science of radioactivity, ionizing radiation, and nuclear technology. While working on the manuscript it was felt that topics related to nuclear energy, biological risk of ionizing radiation for man, and environmental aspects of radioactivity and nuclear energy, including management of radioactive wastes, continue to be popular among a wider public. Therefore, the respective sections have been expanded to provide university students and a wider readership with answers to often asked topical questions that continue to be the target of frequently unjustified criticism from opponents of nuclear and radiation technologies.
The subjects covered in this book have their foundations in a blend of physics, biology, chemistry, and engineering. In relation to radiation and nuclear technologies, the subjects of economics, psychology, and politics also come into play.
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