By David Hafemeister
Why this e-book at the Physics of Societal Issues? The subdivisions of physics - nuclear physics, particle physics, condensed-matter physics, biophysics - have their textbooks, whereas the subdivision of physics and society lacks an equation-oriented textual content at the physics of palms, strength and the environment. Physics of Societal Issues is meant for undergraduate and doctoral scholars who may go on utilized themes, or who easily need to know why issues are the best way they are. judgements guiding regulations on nuclear palms, strength and the surroundings usually appear mysterious and contradictory. what's the technology at the back of the deployment of MIRVed ICBMs, the hunt for space-based beam guns, the terror of powerline EM fields, the wholesale reputation of SUVs, the problems of climactic switch, and the failure of the pre-embargo marketplace to provide structures and home equipment that now store over 50 strength plants? Physics of Societal matters is 3 "mini-texts" in one:
National Security (5 chapters): guns, offense, safety, verification, nuclear proliferation
Environment (4 chapters): Air/water, nuclear, weather switch, EM fields/epidemiology
Energy (7 chapters): present strength scenario, structures, sun constructions, renewables, superior end-use, delivery, economics
"Straightforward calculations and helping research can considerably form public coverage. This perception is required in Congress and the administrative department. Hafemeister, a former Congressional fellow with broad Washington adventure, has written a e-book for physicists, chemists and engineers who are looking to research technology and coverage on guns, power, and the surroundings. Scientists who intend to make a distinction will wish this book."
Richard Scribner, a Founder and primary Director, Congressional technological know-how and Engineering Fellow software, AAAS
"Hafemeister indicates how a lot one could comprehend approximately nuclear guns and missile concerns via uncomplicated back-of-the-envelope calculations. He additionally offers compact motives of the in part winning makes an attempt which have been revamped the prior 60 years to regulate those guns of mass destruction. confidently, Physics of Societal matters may help curiosity a brand new new release of physicists in carrying on with this work."
Frank von Hippel, Professor, Princeton college, former Assistant Director, nationwide safeguard, White condominium, OSTP
"Energy coverage has to be quantitative. those that do not calculate financial trade-offs frequently champion simplistic undefined. ‘The resolution is extra .... nuclear strength, or electrical autos, or photovoltaics, etc.’ a few uncomplicated physics will exhibit that the genuine answer fits provide and insist as an ‘integrated source plan.’ Physics of Societal concerns is an efficient starting point this journey."
Arthur Rosenfeld, California power Commissioner, Professor-emeritus, collage of California-Berkeley
"Political research of public rules that ignores technical fact is set as priceless as technical research that ignores political fact. during this e-book, David Hafemeister demonstrates an exceptional take hold of of either the technical and political realities that experience formed US hands regulate and protection coverage for the earlier 5 many years. it is a infrequent treat."
Dean Wilkening, technology Director, heart for overseas protection and Cooperation, Stanford University