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

Front Cover
Penguin, Oct 30, 2008 - Science - 304 pages
6 Reviews
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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
2
4 stars
2
3 stars
1
2 stars
1
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

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

SUN IN A BOTTLE: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Science reporter Seife (Journalism/NYU; Decoding the Universe, 2007, etc.) clearly explains the power behind both the sun and the hydrogen bomb, hyped as a possible source of cheap energy despite 60 ... 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
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

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.

 

 

Bibliographic information