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


The author of "Zero" looks at the messy history of the struggle to harness fusion energy, in this work that details the misplaced hopes, controversy, and even comedy of the research teams who have tried to bottle the sun with lasers, magnets, and sound waves. 8-page b&w photo insert.
Review Quotes:
aWritten with clarity and infectious enthusiasm that are rare in science writing. . . . "Zero" is really something.a
--"The Washington Post"

Review Quotes:
"Substantive and libely...Seife writes with effortless clarity."
--"New York Times Book Review" " A must-read for anyone who wants to know the story behind ongoing multibillion-dollar attempts at bottling up the sun."
-"Science News"

Biographical Note:
Charles Seife, a journalist with "Science" magazine, has also written for "New Scientist," "Scientific American," "The Economist," "Wired UK," and "The Sciences," among many other publications. His previous titles include "Alpha & Omega" and "Zero." He received an MS in Probability Theory and Artificial Intelligence from Yale.
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.

Review Citations:
New York Times Book Review 11/29/2009 pg. 24 (EAN 9780143116349, Paperback)
Publishers Weekly 09/01/2008 pg. 44 (EAN 9780670020331, Hardcover)
Kirkus Reviews 09/01/2008 pg. 933 (EAN 9780670020331, Hardcover)
Booklist 10/15/2008 pg. 9 (EAN 9780670020331, Hardcover)
Chronicle of Higher Education 11/14/2008 pg. 18 (EAN 9780670020331, Hardcover)
Science 11/28/2008 pg. 1328 (EAN 9780670020331, Hardcover)
New York Times Book Review 12/14/2008 pg. 20 (EAN 9780670020331, Hardcover)
New York Times Book Review 12/21/2008 pg. 18 (EAN 9780670020331, Hardcover)
Choice 03/01/2009 (EAN 9780670020331, Hardcover)
Wilson Public Library Catalog 01/01/2009 pg. 43 (EAN 9780670020331, Hardcover)
Wilson Public Library Catalog 01/01/2013 pg. 443 (EAN 9780670020331, Hardcover)
Contributor Bio: Seife, Charles
Charles Seife is the author of Decoding the Universe, Alpha & Omega, and Zero, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction book and was named a New York Times Notable Book. An associate professor of journalism at New York University, he has written for Science magazine, New Scientist, Scientific American, The Economist, Wired, The Sciences and many other publications. He lives in New York City.

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