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Title:
The boy who played with fusion : extreme science, extreme parenting, and how to make a star
Author:
Clynes, Tom, author.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
Physical Description:
xv, 303 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
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.

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. By fourteen, Wilson had built a 500-million-degree reactor and become the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. Clynes narrates Wilson's extraordinary journey-- and reveals how our education system shortchanges gifted students, and what we can do to fix it.
General Note:
"An Eamon Dolan book."
Language:
English
Contents:
The digger -- The pre-nuclear family -- Propulsion! -- Space camp -- The "responsible" radioactive boy scout -- The cookie jar -- In the (glowing) footsteps of giants -- Alpha, beta, gamma -- Trust but verify -- Extreme parenting -- Accelerating toward big science -- Heavy water -- Bright as the sun -- Bringing the sun down to earth -- Roots of prodigiousness -- Lucky donkey theory -- Twice as nice, half as good -- Atomic travel -- Champions for the gifted -- A hogwarts for geniuses -- A fourth state of grape -- Heavy metal apron -- Birth of a star -- The neutron club -- A field of dreams, an epiphany in a box -- The father of all bombs -- We're just breathing your air -- The superbowl of science -- Scotch tape.
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ISBN:
9780544085114
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Book

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