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The following are recommended by the Canadian Nuclear Society but are not published by the CNS. To order copies, please follow the instructions next to each book.


"The Essential CANDU" textbook

UNENE is pleased to announce that "The Essential CANDU" textbook. A textbook on the CANDU nuclear power technology, suitable for senior undergraduate and graduate students, educators, trainers and working professionals. It enables those new to CANDU to learn about CANDU as an overall system and to pursue specialized topics in depth.

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Maintaining Excellence

This document is a summary of the report Maintaining Excellence: Planning a New Multi-Purpose Research Reactor for Canada. In representing the interests of the Canadian nuclear science and engineering community, the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) issued that report as a factual, objective contribution to the national discussion on the future role of a national multi-purpose research reactor in Canada. The report includes background material and recommended requirements, gleaned from the current user community of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor at AECL Chalk River Laboratories.
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The book Half-Lives, by Hans Tammemagi and David Jackson, can be downloaded at no cost from the “Library” page of the CNA website. Clickhere to go to the CNA Library page, where you can find the link to download the book.

Tammemagi, Hans and Jackson, David, Unlocking the Atom,McMaster University Press, 2002.

Unlocking the Atom gives an introduction to radiation, both natural and man-made, and covers the complete nuclear spectrum including power reactors, safety, nuclear waste, medicine, uranium, fusion, industrial and research applications. This material is presented from a Canadian viewpoint, although it is placed in a global perspective. Unlocking the Atom is illustrated with nearly 80 figures and photos with profiles of ten Canadian nuclear pioneers. For further details and ordering information, click here.

Donald R. Wiles, The Chemistry of Nuclear Fuel Waste Disposal, Polytechnic International Press, 2002

In The Chemistry of Nuclear Fuel Waste Disposal, Dr. Wiles carefully describes the nature of radioactivity and of nuclear power and discusses in detail the management of radioactive waste by the multi-barrier system, but also takes an unusual approach to assessing the risks. Using knowledge of the chemical properties of the various radionuclides in spent fuel, this book follows each of the important radionuclides as it travels through the many barriers placed in its path. It turns out that only two radionuclides are able to reach the biosphere, and they arrive at the earth’s surface only after many thousands of years. A careful analysis of the critical points of the disposal plan emphasizes site rejection criteria and other stages at which particular care must be taken, demonstrating how dangers can be anticipated and putting to rest the fear of nuclear fuel waste and its geological burial. For further details and ordering information, click here.

Carbon, Max W., Nuclear Power: Villain or Victim? Our Most Misunderstood Source of Electricity. Pebble Beach Publishers, 1997. ISBN 0-9658096-0-9.

...a new book which explains how electricity is made from nuclear energy in non-technical language the public and students can easily understand. It then compares the advantages and disadvantages of making electricity with nuclear energy versus making it with fossil fuels. Ordering information is available here.

Reynolds, Albert B., Bluebells and Nuclear Energy, Cogito Books, 1996. ISBN 0-944838-634.

Written for anyone interested in nuclear energy, this book offers a complete explanation of how nuclear reactors work. Dr. Reynolds, Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Virginia with a BS and ScD from MIT, offers thorough yet understandable descriptions of each step of the process used to generate nuclear energy. The reader learns how radiation is generated, how each of the current different models of nuclear reactors works, why current reactor designs are very safe, how the disposal of nuclear waste will be handled, and why nuclear energy will be the best source of energy for the future. Ordering information is available here.

Rozon, Daniel, Introduction to Reactor Kinetics, Polytechnique International Press, Montreal, 1998. ISBN 2-553-007000-0.

This is a new English translation of Daniel Rozon's 1992 book "Introduction à la cinétique des réacteurs nucléaires." The content is essentially unchanged from the original French version but the availability of the book in English should encourage its wider use. Read a complete synopsis of the book here. Ordering information is availablehere.

Krenz, Kim, DEEP WATERS: The Ottawa River and Canada's Nuclear Adventure, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-7735-2691-9.

This is a personal account of life in the early years of the Chalk River Laboratories of the National Research Council (and later Atomic Energy of Canada Limited). Read a synopsis of the book here (954 kB pdf). Ordering information is available here.

  • Books from the French Academy of Sciences

    The following technical books can be ordered from the Librairie Lavoisier:

    • Matériaux du nucléaire (Nuclear Materials)    [summary]
    • Problems Associated with the Effects of Low Doses of Ionising Radiation   [summary]
    • Matière radioactive et rayonnements ionisants (Radioactive Materials and Ionizing Radiation)    [summary]