Uranium—Cradle to Grave is a much needed comprehensive volume written by internationally recognized experts on one of the more important and controversial elements in modern society: uranium. This volume examines topics including the origin and distribution of uranium ore deposits, mineralogy, chemistry, and nuclear waste disposal.

The first chapter is short but well written, and presents an excellent introduction to the volume. The chapter summarizes the historical perspective on uranium, from the discovery in 1789 to the growing pains of the use of uranium, first in nuclear weapons (1945), then in nuclear reactors (1950), and the need to provide electricity...

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