Radiation & Reason

26 January 2012

The Berkshire Centre’s 2012 lecture programme got of to an early start with Prof Wade Allison giving his lecture 'Radiation and Reason'.

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Prof Allison questioned the current thinking regarding nuclear radiation safety suggesting it is ripe for a fundamental re-examination.

Approximately 100 people turned up (9 January) to listen to Prof Allison examine data from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Chernobyl, the recent incident at Fukushima and radiation therapy. Current radiation guidelines are too stringent and in incidents such as Fukushima prevent people returning to their homes even though levels are perfectly safe. It was suggested that the current As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) principle be replaced with As High As Reasonably Safe (AHARS).

The Lecture was very well received but needless to say with such a drastic alteration to current dogma the topic prompted a lively discussion from the audience.

The lecture was based on Professor Allison’s book “Radiation & Reason” ISBN: 9780956275615

The next lecture at our Berkshire Centre is on the 5 March and is Modern Cryptography by Richard Pinch. This lecture is being jointly held with the IMA.