Physics for Future Presidents The Science Behind the Headlines

ISBN-10: 0393066274
ISBN-13: 9780393066272
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/17/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Learn the science behind the headlinesthe tools of terrorists, the dangers of nuclear power, and the reality of global warming. We live in complicated, dangerous times. They are also hyper-technical times. As citizens who will elect future presidents of the most powerful and influential country in the world, we need to knowtruly understand, not just rely on television's talking headsif Iran's nascent nuclear capability is a genuine threat to the West, if biochemical weapons are likely to be developed by terrorists, if there are viable alternatives to fossil fuels that should be nurtured and supported by the government, if nuclear power should be encouraged, and if global warming is actually happening. This book is written in everyday, nontechnical language on the science behind the concerns that our nation faces in the immediate future. Even active readers of serious journalism will be surprised by the lessons that the book contains. It is "must-have" information for all presidentsand citizensof the twenty-first century. 50 illustrations.

Richard A. Muller is professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a past winner of the MacArthur Fellowship. He is the author of "Nemesis" (Weidenfeld & Nicholson) and "Physics for Future Presidents" (Norton).

Terrorism
Nine-Eleven
Terrorist Nukes
The Next Terrorist Attack
Biological Terrorism
Terrorism: Presidential Summary
Energy
Key Energy Surprises
Solar Power
The End of Oil
Energy: Presidential Summary
Nukes
Radioactivity and Death
Radioactive Decay
Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear Madness
Nuclear Power
Nuclear Waste
Controlled Fusion
Nukes: Presidential Summary
Space
Space and Satellites
Gravity Applications
Humans in Space
Spying With Invisible Light
Space: Presidential Summary
Global Warming
A Brief History of Climate
The Greenhouse Effect
A Very Likely Cause
Evidence
Nonsolutions
The Fruit on the Ground
New Technologies
Global Warming: Presidential Summary - The Buck Stops Here
Notes
Index

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