A Piece of the Sun: The Quest for Fusion Energy

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Overlook Press, Jul 29, 2014 - Science - 336 pages

Our rapidly industrializing world has an insatiable hunger for energy, but conventional sources are running out.

The solution, says Daniel Clery in this deeply revelatory book, is to be found in the original energy source: the Sun itself. There, at its center, the fusion of 620 million tons of hydrogen every second generates an unfathomable amount of energy. By replicating even a tiny piece of the Sun’s power on Earth, we can secure all the heat and energy we would ever need. The simple yet extraordinary ambition of nuclear-fusion scientists has garnered many skeptics, but, as A Piece of the Sun makes clear, large-scale nuclear fusion is scientifically possible—and perhaps even preferable to other options. Clery argues passionately and eloquently that the only thing keeping us from harnessing this cheap, clean and renewable energy is our own shortsightedness.

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A surprisingly sprightly tour d'horizon of the pursuit of fusion energy, from Science deputy news director Clery.Fusion is all, writes the author: "Every atom in your body, apart from the hydrogen ... Read full review

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Fascinating, could hardly put it down. It is wonderful to obtain this view into the history of this effort, as I am just learning about plasma.

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About the author (2014)

Daniel Clery studied theoretical physics at York University. As a news editor for Science magazine since 1993, Clery has covered many of the biggest science news stories of our time.

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