In "Radiation and Reason" Wade Allison explains, in simple terms and without using fancy maths, how radiation affects life. Wade is a Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford with 40 years of teaching experience.
His account challenges the traditional view that nuclear radiation is hard to understand and an extreme hazard. Modern scientific and medical evidence makes it obvious that this view is wrong -- but how dangerous is ionising radiation? Thanks to evolution, biology protects life and radiation is about a thousand times safer than suggested by current international safety standards -- but readers should look at the evidence for themselves and make up their own minds.
A little nuclear radiation is quite harmless and in a world of other dangers -- social and economic instability, global warming, population growth, shortages of power, food and water -- the pursuit of the lowest possible radiation levels is in nobody's best interest. Levels should be permitted as high as is relatively safe (AHARS). Radiation, far from being a major cause of cancer, is one of its major cures through radiotherapy applied in every major hospital.
Without justification great damage has been inflicted on public health and economic life in Japan as a result of the accident at Fukushima. Throughout the world the intention of many countries to abandon the use of nuclear power or load it with ever greater safety regulation and cost is unnecessary, and even dangerous to the future of mankind. Evidently there should be a complete change of approach by the United Nations towards radiological safety.
3 Oct 2013 CERN Colloquium (2.0 Mb), "Radiation and Reason, Why radiation at modest dose rates is quite harmless and ..."
3 Oct 2013 Radiation Science and Society (83 Kb), a speech to the Oxford and Cambridge Dining Club of Geneva
10 Sept 2013 Why nuclear is the ideal energy source (379 Kb)
2 July 2013 WhyFearofRadiationisWrong (1.9 Mb), slides of an explanation for a general audience
19 June 2013 Medical conference Lecture slides (June 2013) (1.7 Mb) on the urgent need to reform radiological safety
12 May 2013 Visit Radiation and nuclear technology: Safety without science is dangerous
8 May 2013 Download article The world economy and the application of science (61 Kb)
4 May 2013 Data on risk from Internal radioactivity at Goiania and Fukushima (101 Kb)
6 April 2013 Open Radiation- Friend or Enemy? from Scientists for the Public Understanding of Radiation (SPUR)
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and then please read an unedited survey of submitted views
4 April 2013 Industrial safety compromised by ALARA regulations new Nuclear Safety info (49 Kb)
3 Jan 2013 For everybody to read, think about and decide themselves Confidence & Prosperity (109 Kb)
or A new attitude to nuclear safety (97 Kb)}.
11 Dec 2012 Nuclear Power Briefing Warsaw The Road to Public Confidence in Nuclear Energy (696 Kb)
15 Oct 2012 At Oxford Energy Society lecture (6.4 Mb) and see video below
12 Sept 2012 An educational article for all, An appreciation of Nuclear and its safety (237 Kb).
28 July 2012 On German nuclear policy (56 Kb), published in FOCUS magazin in Germany.
14 July 2012 An article refuting the conclusion of the NAIIC Report (2.4 Mb) on the causes of the Fukushima accident, also published in Japanese.
27 June 2012 Invited lecture at ANS Meeting, Chicago (3.2 Mb) "A Tragedy of Misunderstanding: there was no major radiation disaster at Fukushima"
20 Mar 2012 Public Trust in Nuclear Energy (194 Kb)
Dec 2011 Submission (123 Kb) to UK Parliamentary Select Committee on Science and Technology
29 Aug 2011 A lecture: "Why radiation is far safer (546 Kb) than current regulations suppose"
26 Mar 2011 Article published by BBC World Service "We should stop running away from radiation"
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23 Oct 2009 English edition Book Information (94 Kb) -- select CONTENTS tab to download sample chapters.
Free downloads of post Fukushima Preface (79 Kb) and Conclusions and Fukushima Epilogue (96 Kb)
29 July 2011 Japanese edition 放射能と理性 なぜ「100ミリシーベルト」なのか
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February 2013 Chinese edition 正確的輻射觀