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Physics for Future Presidents: The Science behind the Headlinesby Richard A. Muller
Synopses & Reviews
We live in complicated, dangerous times. They are also hyper-technical times. As citizens who will elect future presidents of the most powerful and influential country in the world, we need to know'"truly understand, not just rely on television's talking heads'"if Iran'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 nuclear power should be encouraged, and if global warming is actually happening. This book is written in everyday, nontechnical language on the science behind the concerns that our nation faces in the immediate future. Even active readers of serious journalism will be surprised by the lessons that the book contains. It is "must-have" information for all presidents'"and citizens'"of the twenty-first century.
'\'A triumph.\"Steve Weinberg, Boston Globe\n
Learn the science behind the headlines in this work that outlines the tools of terrorists, the dangers of nuclear power, and the reality of global warming.
This is must-have information for all presidents and citizens of the twenty-first century: Is Iran's nascent nuclear capability a genuine threat to the West? Are biochemical weapons likely to be developed by terrorists? Are there viable alternatives to fossil fuels that should be nurtured and supported by the government? Should nuclear power be encouraged? Can global warming be stopped?
About the Author
Richard A. Mulleris professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a past winner of the MacArthur Fellowship. His book Physics for Future Presidentsis based on his renowned course for non-science students.
Table of Contents
[pt]. 4 Space15 Space and satellites — Satellite orbits : LEO, GEO, and MEO — GPS : a set of medium-Earth-orbit satellites — Spy satellites — Rocket science16 Gravity applications — g's — Using gravity to search for ice, oil, hidden craters, and secret tunnels — Space industry : manufacturing in a weightless environment — Gravity on the Moon and asteroids — Artificial gravityThe X Prize17 Humans in space18 Spying with invisible light — Infrared radiation — Remote sensing of the Earth — Military special ops — Stinger missiles — Radar and stealth — Radar imaging — X-ray backscatter — Space : presidential summary[pt]. 5 Global warming19. A brief history of climateThe climate of the past 14,000 years20. The greenhouse effect — Carbon dioxide — Calculating greenhouse warming — Another danger : acid oceansThe ozone hole21. A very likely causeDoing something about it : Alaska22 Evidence — Distortion — Exaggeration — Cherry picking — News biasThe hockey stick — Carbon dioxide and ancient climate — Science and propaganda23 Nonsolutions — Hydrogen hype — Electric automobiles — Fusion — Solar power — Recycling — Kyoto --.
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