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A Distant Light : Scientists and Public Policy - H. Ris

A Distant Light

Scientists and Public Policy

By: Henry W. Kendall, H. Ris (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 22nd October 1999
ISBN: 9780387988337
Number Of Pages: 318

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A collection of essays by a Nobel Prize Laureate on a wide range of critical issues facing the world, and the role of scientists in solving these problems. Kendall has been closely involved with the Union of Concerned Scientists, a group that began as an informal assocation at MIT in 1969 to protest US involvement in Vietnam and is today an organization with an annual budget exceeding $6 million, with 100,000 supporters worldwide. UCD is today a voice of authority in US government science policy, particularly with regard to environment issues, most recently the worldwide initiatives on global warming. Together, these essays represent both the sucessses and failures of science to impact public policy, the challenges facing scientists, and offers practical guidelines for involvement in science policy. The essays are roughly chronological, organized by subject with introductions, beginning with the controversies on nuclear power safety and Three Mile Island,then followed by sections on national security issues, global environmental and resource problems,and radioactive cleanup and other current issues. Kendall's Nobel Prize lecture as well as a more popular version thereof is also included (and is the only really technical material in the book). The photos in the book are Kendall's, from an 1992 exhibition of his work. Henry Kendall was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics (jointly with J.I.Friedman and R.E. Taylor) in 1990 for his research in the structure of the proton and netron. In 1969, he was one of a group of physicist who founded the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and is currently Chairman of its Board of Directors.

About the Series
Introductionp. 1
Beyond March 4p. 9
Nuclear Powerp. 13
Press Release: Nuclear Powerp. 19
Nuclear Reactor Safety: An Evaluation of New Evidencep. 21
Cooling Waterp. 37
Nuclear Safetyp. 49
The Failure of Nuclear Powerp. 64
Sciencep. 69
Structure of the Proton and the Neutronp. 71
Deep Inelastic Scattering: Experiments on the Proton and the Observation of Scalingp. 94
National Security and Nuclear Weaponsp. 127
News Release: Announcing Declaration on the Nuclear Arms Racep. 133
Declaration on the Nuclear Arms Racep. 135
Spaced-Based Ballistic Missile Defensep. 139
The Fallacy of Star Warsp. 159
Accidental Nuclear Warp. 165
Dismantle Armageddonp. 177
Global Environmental and Resource Issuesp. 179
Appeal by American Scientists to Prevent Global Warmingp. 183
Speech to the United Nations Intergovernmental Negotiating Committeep. 189
Press Release: Announcing World Scientists' Warning to Humanityp. 193
World Scientists' Warning to Humanityp. 198
Constraints on the Expansion of the Global Food Supplyp. 202
Meeting Population, Environment and Resource Challenges: The Costs of Inactionp. 224
Bioengineering of Cropsp. 236
Cleanup of Radioactive Contaminationp. 269
Alternative Futures for the Department of Energy National Laboratoriesp. 271
Current Issuesp. 283
Quenching the Wild Wells of Kuwaitp. 285
Post-Conflict Mine Clearingp. 296
Epiloguep. 303
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780387988337
ISBN-10: 0387988335
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 22nd October 1999
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64