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by Wade Allison

Radiation and Reason: The Impact of Science on a Culture of Fear epub ebook

Author: Wade Allison
Language: English
Publisher: Wade Allison Publishing (October 23, 2009)
Pages: 216 pages
ISBN: 0956275613
ISBN13: 978-0956275615
Rating: 4.5
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Wade Allison may well be a high flying academic but "Radiation and Reason" is far from being a dry academic tome. Even so, for the rest of us, it is a worthwhile and rational exploration of the issues surrounding nuclear radiation. It deliberately sets out to challenge your preconceptions about radiation and nuclear power. Particularly it challenges the many bizarre old wives tales that surround nuclear radiation. I suspect the people who are in most need of enlightenment from this book are so locked in their medieval dogma they would regard it as a heresy. Consequently they are not likely to read it. Which is a shame

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Professor Wade Allison gives a talk about his book 'Radiation and Reason; The Impact of Science on a Culture of Fear'. Looking at topics diverse as the creation of the universe to the science of climate change. Features episodes previously published as: (1) 'Oxford Physics Alumni': "Informal interviews with physics alumni at events, lectures and other alumni related activities. 2) 'Physics and Philosophy

By Wade Allison Synopsis: The human race is in a dilemma; it is threatened by economic instability on one hand and climate . George has a love of science that drives him to find better ways to communicate and teach science

By Wade Allison Synopsis: The human race is in a dilemma; it is threatened by economic instability on one hand and climate change on the other. George has a love of science that drives him to find better ways to communicate and teach science. He is curator of the blog, Science Book a Day, co-runs the Big Ideas Book Club in Melbourne every month.

Radiation and Reason: The Impact of Science on a Culture of Fear more. More Info: A readable book written for both non-scientists and scientists and asking a serious question "How dangerous is radiation?". Published in 2009, before Fukushima. Sensational" Simon Jenkins (Guardian). Should be compulsory reading for all governments and people taking a view on nuclear power.

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The human race is in a dilemma; it is threatened by economic instability on one hand and climate change on the other. Either of these could lead to widespread unrest and political turmoil, if the right choices are not made now. In particular, prosperity without carbon emission implies a comprehensive switch in our sources of energy. With luck, the activity generated by the process of switching will also contribute to prosperity in the short and medium term. There are many solutions wind, tidal, solar, improved efficiency but the most powerful and reliable source is nuclear. However, it is widely supposed that this presents a major problem of safety. Is this long-held concern about radiation and nuclear technology fully justified? Straightforward questions should have simple answers, and the simplest answer is No. Explaining and exploring the question and this answer in accessible terms is the subject of this book.
Reviews (7)
Xanna
Professor Wade has written the seminal work on radiation and safety. Prof. Wade taught and researched particle physics at Oxford for 40 years. He was not an English major or a sociology professor. In 2005 he developed a course and textbook on the use of radiation in medicine for imaging and cancer radiotherapy.

The book describes how the current fear of radiation developed. The safety standards set up in 1950 were based upon very little scientific knowledge or experience. They were designed to be very conservative and based upon the Linear No Threshold (LNT) theory. By 1990 these standards were tightened by a factor of 150. Prof Wade recommends that the safety standards be reduced by a factor of 6 from 1950 or 1000 from 1990.

Prof Wade relies upon empirical evidence to support his conclusion: medical history of survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, medical history of workers exposed to radiation, radiobiology, cancer radiotherapy, medical experiments on laboratory animals, and background radiation levels.

The nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki exposed hundreds of thousands of people to very high levels of single dose full body radiation. 280,000 survivors were tracked from 1950 to 1990 relative to a control group of 25,000 not exposed to radiation. 7.9% of the survivors died of cancer, 7.5% of natural causes and .4% from radiation induced cancer. Statistically significant radiation effects are seen for cancers but not for other causes of death or effects upon pregnancy. The level of cancer risk below 100 milli sieverts is so low that it can not be detected in a 50 year study involving 100,000 people. This contradicts the no threshold assumption of the LNT theory.

The average additional cancer rate per 1000 people over 50 years was 5 which corresponds to a 10 week reduction in life expectancy. But this number varied from 8 per thousand at 100-200 millisieverts to 90 per thousand above 2000 millisieverts.

The UK Ministry of Defense did a study of 170,000 workers exposed to an average of 25 millisievert of radiation above background radiation levels over their careers. These workers were tracked to age 85 or 2002 whichever came first. These workers suffered about 20% less cancers than the general population. This result is consistent with a threshold level at which radiation poses no danger and is suggestive of a positive effect resulting from low radiation doses.

Denver, at a high altitude, has radiation levels that are three times the safety standard set by the International Commission for Radiological Protection but a lower cancer rate than the US on average. This result is consistent with a threshold level at which radiation poses no danger and is suggestive of a positive effect resulting from low radiation doses.

Anti nuclear Greens will say that setting the radiation safety standards 1000 times lower than required is just erring on the side of safety. The problem is the effect that this standard has upon the lives of people living near a nuclear accident. No one died from radiation in Fukushima, 1600 people have died from the effects of the evacuation of Fukushima (suicides and people hospitalized at the time of the evacuation). Hundreds of thousands of people's lives have been turned completely upside down because the government will not allow them to return to their homes, their community, their businesses, and their jobs.

Green activists who whipped up the irrational fear of radiation during the Fukushima crisis have blood on their hands.

Xurad
The book is clearly written getting to the heart nuclear reactors. It gets high marks for that. The one disappointment was thorium. There was a short summary of its magic properties, no follow up. Th deserves the detailed description of the other technologies. I kept waiting for one as I read on. Otherwise an excellent book..

Fek
A bit basic for many who did well in high school science, there are still many excellent insights peppered throughout which are not often articulated partly because they are taken for granted by those who already know. Radiation is certainly something to be wary of in much the same way as being out in the sun for more than an hour. Wait - that's the same thing....

LONUDOG
This book is very useful for the lay person. Whilst some of the matter is technical it still can be grasped. It provides the information with which a person can make informed judgements about nuclear power and to put its associated risks in perspective. It is of use to people who would like to be informed about the world around them.I believe this book will not be useful to those who have already made up their minds as to the unacceptability of nuclear power. If you are one of these people then do not read this book. It will challenge your beliefs.

JOGETIME
France has been producing electricity with nuclear power for less than 80 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour for over
20 years. Meanwhile German electricity generates 6 times as much CO2 per kilowatt hour and Australia's generates
over 10 times more. Just imagine if the anti-nuclear movement hadn't stopped the nuclear
roll out in the 80s and 90s in the US and elsewhere. We'd all have much cleaner electricity and climate change would
be far less critical. Ignorance about radiation drove the fear mongering and we have lost, as a consequence
20 years on the battle against climate change.

The suffering at Fukushima could also have been avoided. The public could have and should have been back rebuilding
their lives. But instead they are homeless and traumatised, a savage testimony to the power of ignorance to terrify.

VAZGINO
Dr. Wade Allison has written an impressive book explaining what radiation is, how it works, and what it can and cannot do. All life developed in a sea of natural radiation and we are still continuously exposed to it today. Some studies indicate that life cannot survive without it. Other studies indicate that low-dose radiation stimulates the DNA repair system. Fear-mongering about radiation doses tinier than the ones you receive flying in a jet or visiting the American Southwest have led people to panic about nuclear power while ignoring the enormous annual death toll from fossil fuel emissions. An important book on an important topic.

Mettiarrb
A clear and concise call to everyone to re-evaluate their position on the real dangers of radiation and consequently their feelings about nuclear power. A must- read.

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