IEEE: A $5 Billion boondoggle ?

Phil philmt59 at
Fri Oct 12 14:41:24 CDT 2012

Isn't there a Lindsay book on "Build Your Own Over-Unity Fusion Reactor From Common Household Parts"?

In Europe, we have been promoting for years another magnetic-confinement fusion torus experiment. This one is so advanced that no known material can withstand the inner wall temperatures. This problem has been tackled with the hand-waving assumption that a suitable material will be discovered in time to build the reactor. Any pessimistic suggestions to the effect that maybe no such material can exist have been brushed aside as that unforgiveable crime of modern living, 'negativity'.

I'm thinking of having a tee-shirt made with the slogan, "The 1960s promised me food in pill form, personal rocket packs and nuclear fusion, and all I got was this lousy cell phone." It's a bit long, but that's the joy of XXXXL size.

Phil M1GWZ

On 12 Oct 2012, at 17:06, Richard O'Neill wrote:

> On 10/11/2012 9:05 PM, Mike ODELL wrote:
>> we could have had the superconducting supercollider for less and it would have worked
>> plus provided lots of jobs for US engineers and physicists instead of them all moving to
>> Europe.
>>    - mo
> In the early sixties I read an amusing book about 'Project Sherwood'. At that time it was estimated we were about 20 years away from achieving controlled fusion. We've been 20 years away ever since, presumably because no one can successfully project technology development beyond that time frame.
> Fifty years later and we're still no closer, even to breaking even. As a student of physics I've long thought that folks were working at the wrong scale - still do. Think bigger and you've got something to work with, and I don't mean stars. One of these days, when ready, I'll show the world how. Just waiting for a very large guvment grant. ;-)
> Richard
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