Fun in Fusion Research discusses the fun side of the quest to develop fusion energy – a modern equivalent of the hunt for the Holy Grail. After more than 70 years of research, despite great progress, the goal has not been realized. Do you have to be crazy to love quests like this? Not really, but you do have to have an unshakeable optimism. Through humorous anecdotes, and accessible yet detailed scientific discussion, Fun in Fusion Research illuminates the enjoyment of scientific research through an account of fifty years working on fusion energy development.
The anecdotes bring out the human side of research, in which innovative and sometimes egocentric scientists create both clever and nutty experiments. Among the many stories within are witchcraft at Harwell, shocking experiences, entertaining talks, and the wit of top scientists such as Marshall Rosenbluth. Above all Fun in Fusion Research highlights the significant advances made in developing practical fusion energy and the promise for an exciting future with the National Ignition Facility and International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. Fun in Fusion Research will be of interest to physicists as well as other students and researchers in the scientific and wider communities. It shows the exciting and fun aspects of science research. John Sheffield has spent 54 years working in the area, offering key insights on the history of fusion. It includes clear, detailed explanations of fusion energy that are supplied, helping non-science readers understand the area.