Professor Raymond L. Murray (1920-2011) authored six editions of this textbook until his death. Standing on the shoulders of his work, I have humbly attempted to expand the coverage and depth of the material while keeping with its original intent. As stated in the preface to the first edition (1975), the book "is designed for use by anyone who wishes to know about the role of nuclear energy in our society or to learn nuclear concepts for use in professional work." The continued hope is that the book will benefit both (future) nuclear professionals and interested members of the public.
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