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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (206 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Seife Narrator: Bill Weideman Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When weapon builders detonated the first hydrogen bomb in 1952, they tapped into the vastest source of energy in our solar system: the very same phenomenon that makes the sun shine. Nuclear fusion was a virtually unlimited source of power that became the center of a tragic and comic quest that has left scores of scientists battered and disgraced.

For the past half century, governments and research teams have tried to bottle the sun with lasers, magnets, sound waves, particle beams, and chunks of metal as they struggled to harness the power of fusion. (The latest venture, a giant, multibillion-dollar international fusion project called ITER, is just now getting under way.) Again and again, they have failed, disgracing generations of scientists.

Throughout this fascinating journey, Charles Seife introduces us to the daring geniuses, villains and victims of fusion science: the brilliant and tortured Andrei Sakharov; the monomaniacal and Strangelovean Edward Teller; Ronald Richter, the secretive physicist whose lies embarrassed an entire country; and Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann, the two chemists behind one of the greatest scientific fiascoes of the past 100 years.

Sun in a Bottle is the first audiobook to trace the story of fusion from its beginnings into the 21st century, explaining how scientists have gotten burned by trying to harness the power of the sun. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 1/22/2014

    " I'm not a technical person but found this book to be understandable and enjoyable. A very nice overview of the search for viable fusion generation. The book not counting footnotes is 235 pages long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Evan | 1/6/2014

    " Covers everything you ever wanted to know about fusion energy, and why we've spent hudreds of billions of dollars over 60 years trying to harness fusion for peaceful purposes, with almost complete failure. The explanation of the physics involved is very simple, and is detailed enough to give a clear understanding of what's happening inside modern tokamaks and laser fusin devices. Also covers the cold fusion fiasco in detail, which reads as a cautionary tale for researchers in any field for complete scientific honesty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark Janowiak | 12/28/2013

    " The falures to acheive fusion. Nice little portait of Edward Teller as the Mad Bomber that he was, tho "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bridget | 12/26/2013

    " Despite a few points where the theory of evolution is 'vilified', I enjoyed this book very much. It gives a clear, even-handed view of the history and basic science of nuclear fusion. You do have to be of a scientific bent to understand some of the concepts he presents, but overall it is an enjoyable read for anyone who wants to know more about nuclear fusion in all its forms. "

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