Fun in Fusion Research, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0124078613
  • ISBN-13: 9780124078611
  • DDC: 539.764072
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 160 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released April 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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This book discusses the fun side of the quest to develop fusion energy—a modern equivalent of the hunt for the Holy Grail. After more than 70 years of research, despite great progress, the goal has not been realized. Do you have to be crazy to love quests like this? Not really, but you do have to have an unshakeable optimism. Through humorous anecdotes, and accessible yet detailed scientific discussion, this book illuminates the enjoyment of scientific research through an account of fifty years working on fusion energy development. The anecdotes bring out the human side of research, in which innovative and sometimes egocentric scientists create both clever and nutty experiments. Among the many stories within are witchcraft at Harwell, shocking experiences, entertaining talks, and the wit of top scientists such as Marshall Rosenbluth. Above all the book highlights the significant advances made in developing practical fusion energy and the promise for an exciting future with the National Ignition Facility and International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. This book will be of interest to physicists as well as other students and researchers in the scientific and wider communities.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Fusion Dream.
2: Harwell Heydays.
3: Stick with Spiders—Tarantula.
4: Ph.D. Experiment and Security.
5: Culture Shock.
6: Talks Can Surprise Us.
7: Culham Again.
8: JET: Larger and Larger.
9: JET Design: Do It Again, and Again, and … ?.
10: 1977: Back in the U.S.A..
11: Conferences in Erice.
12: The Winding Stellarator Road.
13: Fusion's Prospects.
14: Fear and Flying.
15: The Oscillating Fusion Program.
16: What about Fusion Energy?.
17: Fusion and the Universe.