The incredible story of nuclear fusion and the quest to replicate a star on earth, to power the planet and solve the climate emergency.
Is it possible to build a star on earth?
When asked what problem he hoped scientists will have solved by the end of the century, Professor Stephen Hawking replied 'I would like nuclear fusion to become a practical power source. It would provide an inexhaustible supply of energy, without pollution or global warming.' But what is nuclear fusion, and could it really be the answer to the climate emergency? Fusion exists already in the stars that fill our universe with light, but can we harness that power here on earth? This is the question The Star Builders seeks to answer.
In his compelling new book, Dr Arthur Turrell makes the case for cutting-edge new techniques in nuclear energy - innovations that would allow us to recreate the power of the stars on our own planet. Filled with the remarkable stories of the scientists and entrepreneurs who have dedicated their lives to a seemingly impossible dream, The Star Builders is an unmissable insight into the future of life - and space - on our planet.
Dr Arthur Turrell has a PhD in plasma physics from Imperial College London, for which he won the Atomic Weapons Establishment thesis prize. He then worked as a Doctoral Prize Fellow in the plasma physics group at Imperial where he continues to work as a visiting scientist. He is also a senior research economist at the Bank of England, where he applies his scientific knowledge to questions about the macro-economy.