Richard Wolfson

Richard Wolfson is Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics at Middlebury College.

  • Nuclear Choices for the Twenty-First Century

    Nuclear Choices for the Twenty-First Century

    A Citizen's Guide

    Richard Wolfson and Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress

    An authoritative and unbiased guide to nuclear technology and the controversies that surround it.

    Are you for nuclear power or against it? What's the basis of your opinion? Did you know a CT scan gives you some 2 millisieverts of radiation? Do you know how much a millisievert is? Does irradiation make foods safer or less safe? What is the point of a bilateral Russia–US nuclear weapons treaty in a multipolar world? These are nuclear questions that call for nuclear choices, and this book equips citizens to make these choices informed ones. It explains, clearly and accessibly, the basics of nuclear technology and describes the controversies surrounding its use.

    The book begins with scientific issues, covering the nature of the atom and its nucleus, nuclear radiation, and nuclear energy. It discusses nuclear power, the operation of nuclear power plants, nuclear accidents, nuclear waste, and alternatives to nuclear energy and considers nuclear weapons: strategies for use and non-use, controlling the spread of these weapons to other countries and terrorist groups, and the prevention of nuclear war. Nuclear Choices for the Twenty-First Century offers readers an authoritative and unbiased guide to difficult questions.

    • Paperback $40.00
  • Nuclear Choices, Revised Edition

    Nuclear Choices, Revised Edition

    A Citizen's Guide to Nuclear Technology

    Richard Wolfson

    The benefits of nuclear technology are real. So are the dangers. In Nuclear Choices, physicist Richard Wolfson provides the background needed to make informed choices about nuclear technologies, introducing concepts that can be used for evaluating the claims of both proponents and opponents. Wolfson clearly and concisely explains the basics of nuclear energy, radiation, and nuclear power (electricity, reactors, nuclear waste, and alternatives to nuclear fission). For this edition he has completely revised the chapter on nuclear weapons (their history, technology, effects, delivery systems, strategy, and control). Readers are encouraged to make their own judgments on controversial nuclear issues.

    • Hardcover $35.00
    • Paperback $55.00