SuperFuel by Richard Martin

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With readable presentations like “SuperFuel,” the path to a better energy future just got a little easier.
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A riveting look at how an alternative source of energy is revoluntionising nuclear power, promising a safe and clean future for millions, and why thorium was sidelined at the height of the Cold War

In this groundbreaking account of an energy revolution in the making, award-winning science writer Richard Martin introduces us to thorium, a radioactive element and alternative nuclear fuel that is far safer, cleaner, and more abundant than uranium.

At the dawn of the Atomic Age, thorium and uranium seemed to be in close competition as the fuel of the future. Uranium, with its ability to undergo fission and produce explosive material for atomic weapons, won out over its more pacific sister element, relegating thorium to the dustbin of science.

Now, as we grapple with the perils of nuclear energy and rogue atomic weapons, and mankind confronts the specter of global climate change, thorium is re-emerging as the overlooked energy source as a small group of activists and outsiders is working, with the help of Silicon Valley investors, to build a thorium-power industry.

In the first book mainstream book to tackle these issues, Superfuel is a story of rediscovery of a long lost technology that has the power to transform the world's future, and the story of the pacifists, who were sidelined in favour of atomic weapon hawks, but who can wean us off our fossil-fuel addiction and avert the risk of nuclear meltdown for ever.


About Richard Martin

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Richard Martin was the first to write about thorium in the mainstream press. His feature story in Wired catalyzed the thorium power movement. An award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Time, Fortune, The Atlantic, and The Best Science Writing, Martin is the editorial director of Pike Research, a leading clean-energy firm. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and son.
Published May 8, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 273 pages
Genres: Other, Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Apr 15 2012

A lucid overview of a still-developing chapter in the story of nuclear power.

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Reviewed by Dr. Joseph Maresca on May 26 2012

Super Fuel is an excellent reference which explains the synergism of thorium as a viable alternative to uranium in nuclear power plant designs.

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Reviewed by Anthony Sadar on Jun 22 2012

With readable presentations like “SuperFuel,” the path to a better energy future just got a little easier.

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Foreign Affairs

Reviewed by Richard Cooper on May 01 2012

This thorough book details the history of research into thorium reactors.

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Chris Winter

Reviewed by Chris Winter on Jun 04 2012

...carefully researched and engagingly written history...

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