The Boy Who Played with Fusion

The Boy Who Played with Fusion

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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 grandmothera€™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 Wilsona€™s story teach parents and teachers about how to support high-achieving kids? In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, science journalist Tom Clynes narrates Taylor Wilsona€™s extraordinary journeya€”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 now nineteen-year-old 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.With his chin barely clearing the countertop, he announced, a€œWea#39;re interested in purchasing some small check-source disks. Maybe cesium-137 or strontium-90, if you have them.a€ a€œThe guya#39;s jaw kinda dropped, a€ Kenneth says. a€œFor a fewanbsp;...

Title:The Boy Who Played with Fusion
Author:Tom Clynes
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2015-06-09


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