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44 General References and Histories (Fusion)




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This article is from the Fusion FAQ, by Robert F. Heeter heeter1@llnl.gov with numerous contributions by others.

44 General References and Histories (Fusion)

(suitable for those with minimal background in physics or fusion).

* Bromberg, Joan Lisa. _Fusion: science, politics, and the
invention of a new energy source_. [376 p.] MIT Press. 1982.

DOE-authorized history of the US fusion program. Author claims
no political pressures and a focus on political influences on
science. Focuses on US efforts at DOE labs.

High-school level.
[Robert F. Heeter, rfheeter@phoenix.princeton.edu]

* Griffin, Rodman. "Nuclear Fusion," in _CQ Researcher_
(associated with _Congressional Quarterly_), January 22,
1993 (vol. 3, no. 3) pp. 49-72.

Policy-oriented overview of nuclear fusion in the U.S., includes
pros & cons, covers key issues, background, history, current
situation, outlook, and has an extensive bibliography.

High-School level.
[Robert F. Heeter, rfheeter@phoenix.princeton.edu]

* Heppenheimer, T. A. _The Man-Made Sun: The Quest for Fusion
Power._ [347 p.] Little, Brown and Company. 1983.

Nontechnical history. Since it is ten years old, some of it
is badly out of date -- e.g., it was published before MFTF-B
was mothballed, and the Engineering Test Reactor was still
being promoted as "the next step." However, it has some good basic
explanations and some interesting material on the politics of
fusion.

Includes index, glossary, bibliography, and chapter notes.

High-school level.
[Bonnie Nestor, mnj@ornl.gov]

* Herman, Robin. _Fusion: The Search for Endless Energy_.
[267 p.] Cambridge University Press. 1990.

A relatively nontechnical history of fusion energy research
from 1951-1989. Focus on U.S. magnetic confinement research.
Includes glossary of terms and scientists.

High-school level.
[Robert F. Heeter, rfheeter@phoenix.princeton.edu]

* Shaw, EN. _Europe's Experiment in Fusion: The JET
Joint Undertaking_. [190 p.] Elsevier, 1990.

Details the history of the conception, organization, design,
construction, and initial operation of JET.

High-school level, mostly. Some technical jargon.
[Robert F. Heeter, rfheeter@pppl.gov]

* Voronov, GS. _Storming the Fortress of Fusion_. [335 p.]
Translated from the Russian by R.S. Wadhwa. Original text 1985,
revised 1988. Mir Publishers, Moscow.

Appears to be highly enthusiastic; contents
indicate chapters on inertial confinement and muon-catalyzed
fusion as well as tokamaks, stellarators, pinches, etc.

Level: one year college physics.
[Robert F. Heeter, rfheeter@phoenix.princeton.edu]

 

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