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

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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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User Review  - siafl - LibraryThing

Some interesting things presented in this book, and it is a very good piece of journalism. I do, however, find many parts of the book repetitive. The author goes in circles making the same point in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tom Braun - Goodreads

Because I'm a nerd, I find fusion very interesting, which is why I wanted this book. But in fact I think just about anyone who enjoys tales of geniuses driven mad by obsession (and there are LOTS of ... Read full review

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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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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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