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This essay addresses the issue of nuclear energy in relation to society's emerging need for a new source for electrical energy. First it discusses the generals of how nuclear energy works, and then follows with the possible advantages of nuclear energy over its main competitors. Finally, it is concludes that nuclear energy should be expanded in the future, and that the dangerous stigma attached to it is largely unjustified.
From the Paper:"The notion of harnessing the atom's power to provide energy for civilization is reasonably new. However, it was recognized early in the twentieth century that the forces holding the atom together, if released, could produce an unbelievable amount of energy. From Einstein's interpretation of the universe, matter itself possessed a direct relationship to energy; the subsequent discovery of fission laid the foundation for the notion of nuclear power. "In 1934, physicist Enrico Fermi conducted experiments in Rome that showed neutrons could split many kinds of atoms. The results surprised even Fermi himself. When he bombarded uranium with neutrons, he did not get the elements he expected. The elements were much lighter than uranium," (University of Missouri-Rolla). Clearly, this suggested that the mass was going somewhere--it was being converted into energy."
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