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, power and the environment. Physics of Societal Issues is meant for undergraduate and doctoral scholars who may fit on utilized issues, or who easily need to know why issues are the best way they are. judgements guiding regulations on nuclear hands, power and the surroundings usually appear mysterious and contradictory. what's the technological know-how at the back of the deployment of MIRVed ICBMs, the hunt for space-based beam guns, the phobia of powerline EM fields, the wholesale reputation of SUVs, the problems of climactic switch, and the failure of the pre-embargo marketplace to supply structures and home equipment that now retailer over 50 energy 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 swap, EM fields/epidemiology
Energy (7 chapters): present power state of affairs, constructions, sun structures, 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 vast Washington adventure, has written a publication for physicists, chemists and engineers who are looking to examine technology and coverage on guns, strength, and the surroundings. Scientists who have the desire 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 it is easy to comprehend approximately nuclear guns and missile matters via basic back-of-the-envelope calculations. He additionally presents compact reasons of the in part winning makes an attempt which have been remodeled the previous 60 years to manage those guns of mass destruction. with a bit of luck, Physics of Societal concerns may help curiosity a brand new iteration of physicists in carrying on with this work."
Frank von Hippel, Professor, Princeton college, former Assistant Director, nationwide defense, White apartment, OSTP
"Energy coverage has to be quantitative. those who do not calculate fiscal trade-offs usually champion simplistic undefined. ‘The resolution is extra .... nuclear strength, or electrical vehicles, or photovoltaics, etc.’ a few easy physics will exhibit that the genuine answer suits provide and insist as an ‘integrated source plan.’ Physics of Societal matters is an effective start line this journey."
Arthur Rosenfeld, California strength Commissioner, Professor-emeritus, collage of California-Berkeley
"Political research of public regulations that ignores technical fact is ready as worthy as technical research that ignores political fact. during this booklet, David Hafemeister demonstrates an effective seize of either the technical and political realities that experience formed US hands regulate and protection coverage for the previous 5 many years. it is a infrequent treat."
Dean Wilkening, technological know-how Director, middle for foreign defense and Cooperation, Stanford University