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Fusion: The Search for Endless Energy [Hardcover]

Robin Herman

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October 26, 1990 0521383730 978-0521383738 First Edition
The book abounds with fascinating anecdotes about fusion's rocky path: the spurious claim by Argentine dictator Juan Peron in 1951 that his country had built a working fusion reactor, the rush by the United States to drop secrecy and publicize its fusion work as a propaganda offensive after the Russian success with Sputnik; the fortune Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione sank into an unconventional fusion device, the skepticism that met an assertion by two University of Utah chemists in 1989 that they had created "cold fusion" in a bottle. Aimed at a general audience, the book describes the scientific basis of controlled fusion--the fusing of atomic nuclei, under conditions hotter than the sun, to release energy. Using personal recollections of scientists involved, it traces the history of this little-known international race that began during the Cold War in secret laboratories in the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union, and evolved into an astonishingly open collaboration between East and West.

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"...an informative and lively account of the history and growth of a worldwide, surprisingly unpoliticized, research effort." Trenton Times

"Herman, a former New York Times reporter, has done an excellent job of explaining how politics has repeatedly shaped the nation's efforts to develop nuclear fusion. She is a good storyteller and has woven together many fascinating anecdotes about the bright and bizarre characters who have sought to tame the fury of the sun." The Philadelphia Inquirer

"...an intriguing contemporary history of science as an integrated field of endeavor..." San Francisco Chronicle

" ...a readable and at times exciting account of fusion research from the point of view of a nonspecialist and aimed at the general reader." Philip Davenport, Nature

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Using the personal recollections of the scientists involved, this book traces the little-known international race to build the first atomic fusion reactor that began during the Cold War in secret laboratories in the USA, Britain and the Soviet Union, and evolved into an astonishing collaboration between East and West.

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