Book ID: CBB578376088

Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation (2016)

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More than ever before, radiation is a part of our modern daily lives. We own radiation-emitting phones, regularly get diagnostic x-rays, such as mammograms, and submit to full-body security scans at airports. We worry and debate about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the safety of nuclear power plants. But how much do we really know about radiation? And what are its actual dangers? An accessible blend of narrative history and science, Strange Glow describes mankind's extraordinary, thorny relationship with radiation, including the hard-won lessons of how radiation helps and harms our health. Timothy Jorgensen explores how our knowledge of and experiences with radiation in the last century can lead us to smarter personal decisions about radiation exposures today. Jorgensen introduces key figures in the story of radiation--from Wilhelm Roentgen, the discoverer of x-rays, and pioneering radioactivity researchers Marie and Pierre Curie, to Thomas Edison and the victims of the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. Tracing the most important events in the evolution of radiation, Jorgensen explains exactly what radiation is, how it produces certain health consequences, and how we can protect ourselves from harm. He also considers a range of practical scenarios such as the risks of radon in our basements, radiation levels in the fish we eat, questions about cell-phone use, and radiation's link to cancer. Jorgensen empowers us to make informed choices while offering a clearer understanding of broader societal issues. Investigating radiation's benefits and risks, Strange Glow takes a remarkable look at how, for better or worse, radiation has transformed our society.

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Authors & Contributors
Pasachoff, Naomi
Sabine Vater
Eckart Roloff
Oszajca, Paulina
Ulrich Haas
Martin Schneider
Journals
Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Substantia: An International Journal of the History of Chemistry
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
The Chemical Educator
Technology and Culture
Publishers
Guaraldi
Scribner
Böhlau Verlag
University of Minnesota
Concepts
Radioactivity
X-rays
Physics
Chemistry
Biographical studies
Medical technology
People
Röntgen, Wilhelm Conrad
Becquerel, Henri
Curie, Pierre
Curie, Marie Sklodowska
Curie, family
Mărăcineanu, Ştefania (1882-1944)
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
20th century, late
Places
Germany
United States
Italy
France
Oklahoma (U.S.)
Romania
Institutions
General Electric
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