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Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation
An accessible blend of narrative history and science, Strange Glow describes mankindís extraordinary, thorny relationship with radiation, including the hard-won lessons of how radiation helps and hinders 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 radiationófrom 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 nuclear power plant accident. Tracing the signal 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, radioactivity levels in the fish we eat, questions about cell phone use, and radiationís link to cancer. Jorgensen empowers us to make informed choices while offering a clearer understanding of broader societal issues.
Investigating radiationís benefits and risks, Strange Glow takes a remarkable look at how, for better or worse, radiation has transformed our society.