ANS video interview: Oxford Professor Wade Allison discusses radiation… and reason

At the ANS 2012 Annual Meeting, ANS Public Information Committee’s Dan Yurman caught up with Dr. Wade Allison, of Oxford University, UK.  They discussed radiation, health effects, Fukushima, Dr. Allison’s recent book Radiation and Reason, and Dr. Allison’s recent trip to Japan in this video interview.

Dr. Allison has been teaching physics at the University of Oxford for over 40 years (medical physics, radiation physics, nuclear physics, and associated disciplines).

Dr. Allison explains nuclear power and, especially, radiation in this must-read article posted just yesterday at the Nuclear Literacy Project: “You can appreciate nuclear and its safety, just read and decide yourself.”  Take his advice, read, and decide yourself!

A Tragedy of Misunderstanding: There was no major radiation disaster at Fukushima,” invited talk at 2012 ANS Annual Meeting.

Dr. Allison’s written evidence submitted to Britain’s Parliamentary Select Commitee on Science/Technology, regarding Risk Perception and Nuclear/Energy Infrastructure.

The Radiation and Reason website:

4 Responses to ANS video interview: Oxford Professor Wade Allison discusses radiation… and reason

  1. Jim Van Zandt

    A very helpful discussion.

    I note that gravity is also harmful. 10 g’s is likely to severely injure, and 100 g’s will kill. In 1 g one can live a long and healthy life. But zero g is decidedly bad for your health.

  2. Bob… despite the best Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) measures elderly are put at risk due to relocation stress. EVACUATION WAS NOT NECESSARY. People offered to take care of the elderly without relocation the gov’t was pressured politically by the zealous ‘fear radiation’ media types and political elites.
    Every large industrial plant/natural disaster including nuke plants have emergency contingencies & evacuation plans and routes for population this is mandatory by law.

    … Sorry, I’m having trouble following your criticism.

  3. Applebaum doesn’t give detailed criticisms, he just makes drive-by remarks like the one above, no doubt depending on the deep respect everyone here has for his views to carry the argument.