What It Is, What You Need to Know
Product Number: EB00173171
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780307959706
Publisher: Vintage
Please log in to view pricing


The essential guide to radiation: the good, the bad, and the utterly fascinating, explained with unprecedented clarity. Earth, born in a nuclear explosion, is a radioactive planet; without radiation, life would not exist. And while radiation can be dangerous, it is also deeply misunderstood and often mistakenly feared. Now Robert Peter Gale, M.D,-the doctor to whom concerned governments turned in the wake of the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters-in collaboration with medical writer Eric Lax draws on an exceptional depth of knowledge to correct myths and establish facts. Exploring what have become trigger words for anxiety-nuclear energy and nuclear weapons, uranium, plutonium, iodine-131, mammogram, X-ray, CT scan, threats to the food chain-the authors demystify the science and dangers of radiation, and examine its myriad benefits, from safely sterilizing our food to the relatively low-risk fuel alternative of nuclear energy. This is the book for all readers who have asked themselves questions such as: What kinds of radiation, and what degree of exposure, cause cancer? What aftereffects have nuclear accidents and bombs had? Does radiation increase the likelihood of birth defects? And how does radiation work? Hugely illuminating, Radiation is the definitive road map to our post-Chernobyl, post-Fukushima world.

Genre: Science, History
Original Publish Date: Jan 29, 2013

All formats/editions

Narrator(s): Robert Fass
Genre: Science, History
Product Number Z100026347
Released: Jan 29, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9780449806999

Sign up for our email newsletter