A Field Guide to Radiation

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Penguin, Jul 31, 2012 - Science - 288 pages
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A comprehensive and accessible guide to understanding how radiation affects our everyday lives

Nuclear energy, X-rays, radon, cell phones . . . radiation is part of the way we live on a daily basis, and yet the sources and repercussions of our exposure to it remain mysterious. Now Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Wayne Biddle offers a first-of-its-kind guide to understanding this fundamental aspect of the universe. From fallout to radiation poisoning, alpha particles to cosmic rays, Biddle illuminates the history, meaning, and health implications of one hundred scientific terms in succinct, witty essays. A Field Guide to Radiation is an essential, engaging handbook that offers wisdom and common sense for today's increasingly nuclear world.

 

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The book examines man-made radiation and does not address natural radiation, whatsoever. Its 80 word list is a series of short essays on radioisotopes, medical treatments, nuclear arms, nuclear power ... Read full review

Contents

Krypton81 85
Lanthanum140
Lead210 212 214
Linear nothreshold LNT
Medical radiation
Molybdenum99
Neptunium237 239
Neutrons

Background radiation
Barium133 137 140
Becquerel
Beryllium7 10
Beta particles
Bismuth205 210 212 213 214
Boron cadmium
Bromine77
Calcium45 47
Californium252
Carbon11 14
Cell phones
Cerium141 144
Cesium134 135 136 137
Chromium51
Cobalt57 58 60
Containment
Cosmic rays
Critical mass
Curie
Curium242 243 244
Decay product
Dosimeter
Effective dose
Enriched uranium
Equivalent dose
Exposure
Fallout
FissionFusion
Francium223
Gamma rays
Geiger counter
Gray
Halflife
Iodine123 124 125 131
Iridium192
Iron55 59
Nickel59 63
Niobium95
Occupational radiation
Plutonium238 239 240 241 242 244
Polonium210 214 218
Potassium40
Praseodymium144
Protactinium231
Radioactive waste
Radioisotope radionuclide
Radium223 224 226 228
Radon
Rubidium82 85 87
Ruthenium103 106
Scandium46 47
Selenium79
Sievert
Silver108m 110m
Sodium22 24
Strontium89 90
Sulfur35
Technetium99m
Tellurium129 132
Thallium201
Thorium231 232
Tritium
Uranium234 235 238
Xenon133 135
Xrays
Yttrium90 91
Zinc65
Zirconium93 95
Selected Bibliography
Index
Image Credits
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Wayne Biddle won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the “Star Wars” antimissile project. He is the author of five previous books, including A Field Guide to Germs, winner of the American Medical Writers Association’s Walter C. Alvarez Honor Award, and Dark Side of the Moon, which was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. He teaches at Johns Hopkins University.

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