Explains nuclear fusion in plain English, accessible to readers with no training in science
Compares different approaches to fusion, essential for general readers interested in energy policy and technology
Describes how fusion science developed and how future advances in fusion could impact the global energy landscape
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About this book
This book puts all of these attempts together in one place, providing clear explanations for readers who are interested in new energy technologies, including those with no formal training in science or engineering. For each of the many approaches to fusion, the reader will learn who pioneered the approach, how the concept works in plain English, how experimental tests were engineered, the future prospects, and comparison with other approaches. From long-established fusion technologies to emerging and exotic methods, the reader will learn all about the idea that could eventually constitute the single greatest engineering advance in human history.
“A must read! In this well-written book, colorful photos of developers and their (sometimes massive) hardware outline the history of this exciting once-futuristic technology. The last two chapters indicate the status and timeliness of this safe, sun-like, essentially limitless, green, and ultimately best source of energy for our planet (and beyond).” (Michael S. Walker, Retired fusion developer and author of Quantum Fuzz)
“Bravo! A must read, understandable compendium and look ahead for anyone interested in fusion power and its many terrestrial and space applications.” (Alan Stern, Planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, author, and public speaker)
Authors and Affiliations
Alfred B. Bortz
About the authors
Dr. Matthew (Matt) Moynihan has been keenly interested in nuclear fusion since he first took physics in high school. For the past fifteen years he has been working to build the broader fusion community and to explain the value of fusion as a green energy source to everyday citizens. He has been the host of a popular fusion podcast, written a fusion blog, and his work has appeared in Forbes, CNBC, Bloomberg News, The Boston Globe, and IEEE Spectrum. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University at Buffalo and a doctorate focused on fusion from the University of Rochester. Currently working as a consultant on fusion, he was previously a senior nuclear engineer for the United States Navy, studying the safety of nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. He lives in Fairport NY with his wife, Alison, and his son, Peter.
Alfred B. Bortz has lived in or near Pittsburgh PA all his life, with the exception of a four-year interlude early in his working career. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1971 and spent the next 25 years working in academic and industrial physics and engineering groups. Since then, he has forged a second career as Dr. Fred Bortz, an author of more than thirty science books for young readers. His most significant research publication, "A New Algorithm for Monte Carlo Simulation of Ising Spin Systems" (with M. H. Kalos and J. L. Lebowitz) published in the Journal of Computational Physics in 1975, is often described as seminal and is still frequently cited in research journals after nearly five decades. His best known books for young readers are Catastrophe! Great Engineering Failure—and Success (a selector's choice on the 1996 National Science Teachers Association list of Outstanding Science Books for Children), Meltdown! The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and Our Energy Future (a 2012 Junior Library Guild Selection), and Techno-Matter: The Materials Behind the Marvels, which won the 2002 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for works intended for young readers. He and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of a science educator and a librarian and grandparents of three young adults.
Book Title: Fusion's Promise
Book Subtitle: How Technological Breakthroughs in Nuclear Fusion Can Conquer Climate Change on Earth (And Carry Humans To Mars, Too)
Authors: Matthew Moynihan, Alfred B. Bortz
Publisher: Springer Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-22905-3Published: 25 March 2023
eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-22906-0Published: 24 March 2023
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XXVII, 272
Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations, 200 illustrations in colour