Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside Fusion

Fusion
The Search for Endless Energy

$82.00 (P)

  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521024952

$ 82.00 (P)
Paperback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback


Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact collegesales@cambridge.org providing details of the course you are teaching.

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • 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.

    • The inside story of the race to build the world's first fusion reactor
    • The greatest engineering challenge ever attempted by mankind
    • The story of the 'discovery' of 'cold fusion' and the uproar it caused within the scientific community
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...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

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521024952
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.415kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    1. The invention of Dr Spitzer
    2. Behind closed doors
    3. Friends and rivals
    4. Searching for answers
    5. Dawn of the tokamak
    6. Building big science
    7. Forming the major league
    8. The political plasma
    9. The modern fusion lab
    10. The plasma olympics
    11. Different directions
    12. Struggling to sell fusion
    13. In sight of breakeven
    14. Fusion's past and future
    Notes
    Glossary
    Appendices
    Index.

  • Author

    Robin Herman, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Robin Herman is currently Assistant Dean for Communications at Harvard School of Public Health.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×