Paul J. Nahin;
IEEE Press; New York
320 pages; $57.95
($43.45 for IEEE members)

Victorian engineer and scientist Oliver Heaviside “with no formal education after the age of sixteen, eventually came to be accepted as the intellectual equal of the finest scientific minds of the day,” writes engineering professor Paul Nahin in Betting the parameters for this biography. Heaviside resigned from his one and only job at age twenty-four. ... [He] knew the power of money and desired it, but refused to work for it, preferring to live off the sweat of his family and long-suffering friends whom he often insulted even as they paid his bills.”

THE REALITIES OF NUCLEAR POWER: International Economic And Regulatory Experience

Steve D. Thomas;
Cambridge University Press;
Cambridge; 289 pages; $59.50

New orders for nuclear plants have dwindled to almost nothing, providing a logical moment to re-evaluate the promise...

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