The Boy who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and how to Make a Star

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Faber & Faber, 2015 - Fusion reactors - 320 pages
"By the age of 11, Taylor Wilson had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. At 13, his grandmother's cancer diagnosis drove him to investigate medical uses for radioactive isotopes. And at 14, Wilson became the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. How could someone so young achieve so much, and what can Wilson's story teach parents and teachers about how to support high-achieving children? In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, science journalist Tom Clynes follows Taylor Wilson's extraordinary journey - from his Arkansas home where his parents encouraged his intellectual passions, to the present, when now-17-year-old Wilson is winning international science competitions with devices designed to prevent terrorists from shipping radioactive material into the US."--

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I so enjoyed this book. I was not sure I would when I started it, but I found it very interesting on parenting styles and teaching styles. I think teachers should read this for sure! Amazing to hear ... Read full review

The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star

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In this insightful work, Popular Science editor Clynes goes beyond the fascinating story of fusion prodigy Taylor Wilson to offer cogent thoughts on our nation's education of gifted children, as well ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Tom Clynes is a contributing editor at Popular Science and regularly writes for National Geographic and Men's Journal. His work has also appeared in GQ, the Guardian, the Washington Post, Conservation Magazine, Bicycling and many other publications.

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