Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 30, 2008 - Science - 304 pages
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With his knack for translating science into understandable, anecdotal prose and his trademark dry humor, award-winning science writer Charles Seife presents the first narrative account of the history of fusion for general readers in more than a decade. Tracing the story from its beginning into the twenty-first century, Sun in a Bottle reveals fusion's explosive role in some of the biggest scientific scandals of all time. Throughout this journey, he introduces us to the daring geniuses, villains, and victims of fusion science. With the giant international fusion project ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) now under construction, it's clear that the science of wishful thinking is as strong as ever. This book is our key to understanding why.
  

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Very nice read about the history of fusion science. - Goodreads
Mostly focused on different cold fusion fiascos... - Goodreads
A very solid primer on the subject of fusion energy. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Aaron Guest - Goodreads

A very solid primer on the subject of fusion energy. Compelling voice -- the voice of a journalist-- made the first part of the book easy and exciting to read. However when he comes to "Bubble Fusion ... Read full review

Review: Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking

User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

An excellent overview of the continued failure to make fusion a viable form of energy production from a broad, though scientifically grounded, perspective. Only one star off for the conclusion, which ... Read full review

Contents

THE SWORD OF MICHAEL
THE VALLEY OF IRON
KINKS INSTABILITIES AND BALONEY BOMBS
HEAT AND LIGHT
THE COLD SHOULDER
SECRETS
NOTHING LIKE THE SUN
THE SCIENCE OF WISHFUL THINKING
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About the author (2008)

Charles Seife is the author of five previous books, including Proofiness and Zero, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction and was a New York Times notable book. He has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Wired, New Scientist, Science, Scientific American, and The Economist. He is a professor of journalism at New York University and lives in New York City.

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