Math and Science Lecture Series presents

"The Science and the Social Issues behind Nuclear Power Technology" A slide show presentation by Gordon Edwards.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 in the Amphitheatre,
Room B223 from 12 noon-1:30.

Nuclear power is currently promoted as a clean alternative to fossil fuels. But what about the radioactive wastes? Is human health or the environment at risk? Are there military or terrorist spinoffs associated with nuclear electricity production? Come learn about the science and the social issues surrounding nuclear technology.

The slide show features photos by award-winning photographer Robert Del Tredici of the Vanier Communications Department.

Click on the image at right for a larger version.

Find out more about photographer Robert Del Tredici.


Dr. Gordon Edwards graduated from the University of Toronto with a Gold Medal in Mathematics and Physics in 1961. He obtained his Master's degree in Mathematics in 1962, and then earned a Master's degree in English in 1964, both from the University of Chicago. After teaching Mathematics and English at the University of Western Ontario for four years, he obtained a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Queen's University in 1972.

In 1970 he became the editor of Survival, an environmental newsletter on global issues with subscribers in 13 countries. In 1973 he coordinated a study of the Role of Mathematics in Canadian Business, Government, and Science for the Science Council of Canada. In 1974 he joined the Faculty of Vanier College where he has been a teacher ever since.

In 1975 he co-founded the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (CCNR) and rose to prominence as one of Canada's best known critics of nuclear technology, uranium mining, and weapons proliferation.

Gordon Edwards

He has acted as a consultant to many governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the Auditor General of Canada, the Ontario Royal Commission on Electric Power Planning, the Select Committee on Ontario Hydro Affairs, the United Steelworkers, the Mohawks of Kanesetake, the Siting Task Force for Radioactive Wastes, and many others. He created the CCNR's website at On December 1, in Artizona, Dr. Edwards will be awarded the 2006 Nuclear-Free Future Award in the Education Category. More about Dr. Edwards