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Fusion: The Search for Endless Energy (Hardback)
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Fusion: The Search for Endless Energy (Hardback)

Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 26/10/1990
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Fusion: The Search for Endless Energy is the story of the international race to build the first atomic fusion reactor. It is the story of a fraternity of scientists, whose members included such greats as Andrei Sakharov and Edward Teller. Transcending political boundaries, their utopian mission was to create a source of safe, clean, inexhaustible energy from the elements of seawater. The book abounds with fascinating anecdotes about fusion's rocky path. Aimed at a general audience, the book describes the scientific basis of controlled fusion - the fusing of atomic nuclei, under conditions hotter than the sun, to release energy. Using personal recollections of scientists involved, the book traces the history of this little-known international race that began during the Cold War in secret laboratories in the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union, and evolved into an astonishingly open collaboration between East and West.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521383738
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm

'The fusion fraternity should read this book and take heart for the future.' Nature
'This book takes the reader beyond this trivial metaphor, explains why achievement has proved harder than anticipated, and shows what progress has been made.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'This is a book that once started demands to be read in one sitting.' Physics World
" informative and lively account of the history and growth of a worldwide, surprisingly unpoliticized, research effort." Trenton Times
"Herman, a former New York Times reporter, has done an excellent job of explaining how politics has repeatedly shaped the nation's efforts to develop nuclear fusion. She is a good storyteller and has woven together many fascinating anecdotes about the bright and bizarre characters who have sought to tame the fury of the sun." The Philadelphia Inquirer
" intriguing contemporary history of science as an integrated field of endeavor..." San Francisco Chronicle
" ...a readable and at times exciting account of fusion research from the point of view of a nonspecialist and aimed at the general reader." Philip Davenport, Nature

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