From Midway Church to Nuclear Fusion: A Georgia Chronical and Scientific Memoir

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" With brief, humorous stories the author paints a vivid picture of his development from a Southern boy more concerned with fishing and football into an applied nuclear physicist. His stories from youth, insider's view of academia and firsthand account of a life in physics should interest a wide audience." -- Kirkus Reviews

This book is both a scientific memoir of a prominent applied physicist and a chronicle of the history of his family from the earliest days of America.
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Overview

" With brief, humorous stories the author paints a vivid picture of his development from a Southern boy more concerned with fishing and football into an applied nuclear physicist. His stories from youth, insider's view of academia and firsthand account of a life in physics should interest a wide audience." -- Kirkus Reviews

This book is both a scientific memoir of a prominent applied physicist and a chronicle of the history of his family from the earliest days of America.
The first part of this expansive memoir traces the Stacy family from the original settling of Georgia in the Midway Church community in the 18th century, their migration to southwest Georgia to escape the devastation left behind by Sherman's army in the 19th century, through the author's unusual experiences as a youth in the vanished world of the small-town South of the mid-20th century. His serendipitous path from southwest Georgia through Georgia Tech and the Marine Corps to the world of applied nuclear science is amusingly described.
The second part of the book is a broad scientific memoir covering the author's advanced education at Georgia Tech and MIT as an applied nuclear physicist and his 50 years of internationally recognized research, design and teaching about nuclear reactors and nuclear fusion. This memoir provides unique insights into the history of physics and into the world of applied nuclear physics laboratories and of a major research university, as well as an interesting account of the author's personal life, family, friendships, travels and reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781463526214
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/24/2011
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Weston M. (Bill) Stacey is the Callaway Regents' Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Georgia Tech. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech and MIT. He has researched, designed, written and taught on nuclear reactors and nuclear fusion for half a century at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and for the past 34 years at Georgia Tech. He is the author of 10 books and about 300 research papers on nuclear reactor physics and fusion and of a book on the history of science. He lives with his wife Penelope, daughter Lucia and dog Wilfred in Atlanta, and he has two other children, Helen and Weston.
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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    An excellent autobiography by a scientist

    An excellent autobiography by a small town boy whose rose to international prominence as a physicist. The chapter on "The History of Physics" is the most concise descriptions of the evolution of the scientific process that I have read.

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