AUTHORHeppenheimer, T. A.
TITLEThe Man-Made Sun: The Quest for Fusion Power
PUBLISHERLittle, Brown and Company
CITYBoston, MA

Written from within the historic context of a looming energy crisis, this book focuses on fusion energy programs developed between the 1950s and the 1980s. In a vivid narrative informed by many interviews with key personnel, the author offers an in-depth look at the scientists and engineers who worked to solve the complex problems of harnessing fusion energy and the bureaucrats and entrepreneurs who supported that work. The book describes different approaches to obtaining controlled fusion including the High-Energy Laser Facility (Shiva), Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor, the Tandem Mirror Experiment, and the Mirror Fusion Test Facility. The last chapter surveys global research on controlled fusion as of the early 1980s.

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