The Boy Who Played With Fusion

The Boy Who Played With Fusion

Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make A Star

Book - 2015
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How an American teenager became the youngest person ever to build a working nuclear fusion reactor. By the age of nine, Taylor Wilson had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. At eleven, his grandmother's cancer diagnosis drove him to investigate new ways to produce medical isotopes. And by fourteen, Wilson had built a 500-million-degree reactor and become the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. How could someone so young achieve so much, and what can Wilson's story teach parents and teachers about how to support high-achieving kids? Here, science journalist Tom Clynes narrates Taylor Wilson's extraordinary journey--from his Arkansas home where his parents fully supported his intellectual passions, to a unique Reno, Nevada, public high school just for academic superstars, to the present, when Wilson is winning international science competitions with devices designed to prevent terrorists from shipping radioactive material into the country. Along the way, Clynes reveals how our education system shortchanges gifted students, and what we can do to fix it.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
ISBN: 9780544085114
0544085116
Branch Call Number: 539.764 CLY
Characteristics: xv, 303 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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vega6e
Dec 11, 2016

Great read, any parent with a bright precocious kid should read.

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rpavlacic
Sep 02, 2016

The true story of how a 14 year old kid managed to become the youngest person ever to build an operational fusion reactor - and the toll it took on him, both as a student as well as in his personal life. Also goes into detail about his personal inventions to date, including one that could stop nuclear terrorism entirely. He may be a superstar, but it's come at a huge price, as this book details.

Sayford Jun 15, 2015

wonderful,just a great read!

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StarGladiator
Jun 14, 2015

I have yet to read this book so I cannot comment on it, but the Library Journal likens this fellow to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, who never actually created anything. Bad, bad comparison. Steve Wozniak created the personal computer [Apple], and the Windows-type user interface came out of Xerox Parc.

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