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5 September 2005

Radiation and Modern Life: Fulfilling Marie Curie’s Dream

We recommend this as a must read.

Author: Dr. Alan Waltar, Past president American Nuclear Society and winner of their 2004 Public Communications Award
Published November 2004 by Prometheus Books, 300 pages, ISBN: 1591022509

Publisher Synopsis: Through artful use of vivid anecdotes that give vibrancy to technical explanations Waltar provides numerous examples of radiation’s many uses in agriculture, medicine, electricity generation, modern industry, public safety, environmental protection, space exploration and even archaeology and the arts. Estimating the contribution of all these varied uses, Waltar comes to the startling revelation that radiation technology now contributes more than $420 billion to the U.S. economy and provides over 4.4 million jobs.

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s first Nobel Prize, it is an ideal time to reflect on the countless ways that her astounding work has so marvellously enriched our daily lives.