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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143116349
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 7.93(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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I found the scientific explanation of cold fusion very lucid and enjoyable hence the five stars. Apologies for those that take exception to my making a statement here but as a potential future purchaser of the Nook. I find it astounding that this ebook is priced so high. BN, please dont play with ebook pricing - keep it fair and you will have a loyal customer.
-jim More than 1 year ago
Many innovations do come from where others said it could not be done. The author points out failures and essentially portrays seeking a solution to fusion energy an effort in futility. -jim
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
History is replete with examples where the impossible is accomplished. That said, while the final conclusion is (IMHO) narrow-minded the history stuff IS a fascinating and great read.