A Piece of the Sun: The Quest for Fusion Energy

A Piece of the Sun: The Quest for Fusion Energy


By (author) Daniel Clery

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  • Publisher: Overlook Press
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 231mm x 33mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 27 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1468304933
  • ISBN 13: 9781468304930
  • Illustrations note: black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 444,469

Product description

Our rapidly industrializing world has an insatiable hunger for energy and conventional sources are struggling to meet demand. Oil is running out, coal is damaging our climate, many nations are abandoning nuclear, yet solar, wind, and water will never be a complete replacement. The solution, says Daniel Clery in this deeply researched and revelatory book, is to be found in the original energy source: the Sun itself. There, at its center, the fusion of 620 million tons of hydrogen every second generates an unfathomable amount of energy. By replicating even a tiny piece of the Sun s power on Earth, we can secure all the heat and energy we would ever need. Nuclear fusion scientists have pursued this simple yet extraordinary ambition for decades. Skeptics say it will never work but, as "A Piece of the Sun" makes clear, large-scale nuclear fusion is scientifically possible and has many advantages over other options. Fusion is clean, green and virtually limitless and Clery argues passionately and eloquently that the only thing keeping us from proving its worth is our politicians shortsightedness. The world energy industry is worth trillions of dollars, divert just a tiny fraction of that into researching fusion and we would soon know if it is workable. Timely and authoritative, "A Piece of the Sun" is a rousing call-to-arms to seize this chance of avoiding the looming energy crisis."

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Author information

Daniel Clery studied theoretical physics at York University, U.K. For more than two decades, he has edited and written for some of the world s top science magazines, including "Physics World," "New Scientist" and "Science." As a news editor for "Science" magazine since 1993, Clery has covered many of the biggest science news stories of our time."

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"Clery's book, "A Piece of the Sun," builds upon his reporting for Physics World, New Scientist and the journal Science to tell the story of fusion research from its beginnings in the 19th century, when it dawned on physicists that the sun couldn't possible be powered by coal The quest has been a decades-long roller-coaster ride of hope and disappointment, as traced in Clery's book. At the end of his book, Clery quotes the late Soviet pioneer Lev Artsimovich's assessment of when fusion energy would be available: "Fusion will be ready when society needs it," Artsimovich said. Considering the alternatives, will society "ever" need fusion?" Alan Boyle, NBCNews.com"