Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 17, 2008 - Science - 384 pages
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A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

We live in complicated, dangerous times. Present and future presidents need to know if North Korea'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 private companies should be allowed to lead the way on space exploration, and what the actual facts are about the worsening threats from climate change. This is "must-have" information for all presidents—and citizens—of the twenty-first century.

Winner of the 2009 Northern California Book Award for General Nonfiction.

 

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User Review  - GlennBell - LibraryThing

This book covers a variety of topics that include physics and are relevant to politics. Topics included global warming, nuclear power, atomic weapons, conservation, and spying technology. The author ... Read full review

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User Review  - brianclegg - LibraryThing

Sometimes I see a book title that is so brilliant that I can't help feel (as a writer) 'I wish I'd thought of that.' This is just such a title. It's a brilliant concept - the physics any decent US ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
13
NINEELEVEN
19
12
29
TERRORIST NUKES
32
THE NExT TERRORIST ATTACK
45
BIOLOGICAL TERRORISM
53
TERRORISM PRESIDENTIAL SUMMARY
60
19
74
RADIO ACTIVE DECAY 1
111
13
113
23
160
PRESIDENTIAL SU M M ARY
188
SPACE AND SATELLITES
195
PRESIDENTIAL SU M M ARY
244
THE FRUIT ON THE GROUND 3 14
314
NEW TECHNOLOGIES
328

SOLAR POWER
77
22
81
THE END OF OIL
86
NUIKES
93
PRESIDENTIAL SUMMARY
344
INDEx 36
379
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Richard A. Muller is professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and the best-selling author of Physics for Future Presidents. For his outstanding work in experimental cosmology, he was awarded a 1982 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and also a share of the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for the discovery of dark energy.

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