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Physics for Future Presidents : The Science Behind the Headlines - Richard A. Muller

Physics for Future Presidents

The Science Behind the Headlines

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Published: 1st July 2008
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<h5>Learn the science behind the headlines&#151;the tools of terrorists, the dangers of nuclear power, and the reality of global warming.</h5> <p>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 know&#151;truly understand, not just rely on television&rsquo;s talking heads&#151;if Iran&rsquo;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 &ldquo;must-have&rdquo; information for all presidents&#151;and citizens&#151;of the twenty-first century.</p>

Terrorism
Nine-Elevenp. 19
Terrorist Nukesp. 32
The Next Terrorist Attackp. 45
Biological Terrorismp. 53
Terrorism: Presidential Summaryp. 60
Energy
Key Energy Surprisesp. 65
Solar Powerp. 77
The End of Oilp. 86
Energy: Presidential Summaryp. 91
Nukes
Radioactivity and Deathp. 95
Radioactive Decayp. 111
Nuclear Weaponsp. 123
Nuclear Madnessp. 146
Nuclear Powerp. 154
Nuclear Wastep. 171
Controlled Fusionp. 180
Nukes: Presidential Summaryp. 188
Space
Space and Satellitesp. 195
Gravity Applicationsp. 210
Humans in Spacep. 222
Spying With Invisible Lightp. 228
Space: Presidential Summaryp. 244
Global Warming
A Brief History of Climatep. 251
The Greenhouse Effectp. 261
A Very Likely Causep. 273
Evidencep. 278
Nonsolutionsp. 300
The Fruit on the Groundp. 314
New Technologiesp. 328
Global Warming: Presidential Summary - The Buck Stops Herep. 344
Notesp. 347
Indexp. 361
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ISBN: 9780393066272
ISBN-10: 0393066274
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 1st July 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 16.56  x 3.12
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1