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Cut out the middleman

Dear Reader,

Right now I guess that a lot of people are trying to understand what is happening in Japan with the nuclear reactors.

I know that a lot of people are having trouble finding a person or organisation which they can trust to give them a good and fair explanation of what is going on. One of the things which makes things more stressful and scary is a lack of knowledge and understanding of what is going on.

Even well educated people such as school teachers, medical doctors and other university graduates may be right now having trouble understanding what is going on. Rather than being a passive consumer of the news, I would encourage people to take an active approach and educate themselves to improve their understanding of the subject.

When you understand the subject more then while it may not change what is happening on your doorstep, it will give you one of the most important tools which is an understanding of what is happening.

I would like at this point to make a recommendation of a book which may help you quell the confusion in your mind. This book was originally written by a Czech Prof (Jiří Hála) who I know as an introduction to radioactivity and nuclear matters, after being used in the Czech Republic is was translated into English and is now in its second edition.

The later part of the book does explain about nuclear accidents and what happens when radioactivity is added to the environment by an accident, an atom bomb or by the disposal of radioactive waste.

The book is called “Radioactivity, Ionizing Radiation and Nuclear Energy”, it was written by Jiří Hála and James D. Navratil. The ISBN number of the first edition is 80-7302-053-X. It was published by Konvol in 2003.

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