Tearing down myths about nuclear power.
Nuclear technicians aren’t Homer Simpson, a catastrophe like Chernobyl can’t take place anymore, nor can we just subsitute renewable energy for nuclear. These are some of the myths Alfredo García attacks in a book that is part popular science—what is fission? How does a power plant work? Are microwaves radioactive? —and part collection of anecdotes—Did you know the worst nuclear accident took place in the USA? That nuclear power is one of the cleanest that exists? That you can fall into a swimming pool full of nuclear fuel without fear of dying?
In forty chapters, Alfredo García plunges us into the fascinating world of nuclear power, in the hopes of resolving the many questions that surround it and responding some of the most often-repeated canards (facilities have an active life of forty years, uranium supplies are running out, the nuclear industry never learns from its mistakes). The book’s point is clear: sixty-five years after the construction of the first power plant, we still have not discovered a cleaner, cheaper, or more effective way of producing energy.