A Piece of the Sun: The Quest for Fusion Energy

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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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"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"

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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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