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

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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.
 

About Charles Seife

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CHARLES SEIFE is the author of Sun in a Bottle and Zero, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction book, and was named a New York Times Notable Book. He has written for Science Magazine, New Scientist, Scientific American, The Economist, and Wired. He is an associate professor of journalism at New York University and lives in New York City.
 
Published October 16, 2008 by Penguin Books. 304 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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His lucid prose enables nonscientists to easily understand the operation of a hydrogen bomb or the means by which researchers hope to harness fusion to generate electricity.

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The New York Times

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But sometimes wishful thinking is incurable: the poster child is nuclear fusion, the subject of Charles Seife’s substantive and lively new book, “Sun in a Bottle.” Fusion — the process by which hydrogen bombs explode and stars shine — could potentially mine cheap, limitless energy from atomic nuc...

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Fifty years ago scientists and futurists glowingly predicted a future in which cars would run on little fusion cells and the world would extract deuterium from the oceans for an inexhaustible supply of energy.

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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.

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Science News

Fusion is the source of energy that’s 30 years away, and always will be, skeptics quip.

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New Scientist

The fringe enthusiasms of cold fusion and bubble fusion get a quick and withering glance, but it is the mainstream efforts that seem to come off worst: the plan to create a commercial fusion plant is "just another case of wishful thinking".

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