Life at the Center of the Energy Crisis

Life at the Center of the Energy Crisis

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Life at the Center of the Energy Crisis: A Technologist's Search for a Black Swan describes the story of the author's work and struggles in the field of energy research. The author's experience in the field spans from work with Admiral Rickover and the Nuclear Navy to research with NASA designing propulsion for spacecraft to travel to Mars. The book provides insights into the differences between nuclear research done during the Cold War by the two superpowers, and offers a commentary on the flaws in each system with hope for change in the future. The book also provides a look into the development of the nuclear engineering program at the University of Illinois from the author's years as a professor and an administrator. Contents:Why a a€œBlack Swana€?Living at the Center of the Energy CrisisTimeline and ApologyEarly Days and Searching for a Starting PathBurnable Poison Control for Nuclear Submarine ReactorsNuclear Pulse Propagation and Fission Reactor KineticsNuclear Pumped Laser (NPL) ResearchDirect Electron Beam Pumped LaserAdvanced LasersAlpha Particle Effects in Thermonuclear Fusion DevicesAlternate Fusion ConceptsAdvanced Fuel Fusion and Direct Energy ConversionInertial Confinement Fusion (ICF)Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC) FusionLow Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR)Hydrogen Economy and Fuel CellsFusion Propulsion and Space ColonizationNuclear BatteriesComputation and TheoryNuclear Power Plant Safety and the Illinois Low-Level Waste SiteTeaching, Education, and University AdministrationCreation of a Small Company, NPL Associates, Inc.Where Am I in the Search? What Have I Found?Concluding CommentsTimeline of Events Readership: Undergraduates and PhDs, as well as anyone in the general public interested in the history of the field. Keywords:Burnable Poison Control;Nuclear Submarine Reactors;Neutron Pulse Propagation;Fission Reactor Kinetics;Nuclear Pumped Lasers;Direct Electron Beam Pumped Laser;Advanced Lasers;Alpha Particle Effects in Thermonuclear Fusion Devices;Alternate Fusion Concepts;Advanced Fuel Fusion;Direct Energy Conversion;Inertial Confinement Fusion;Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion;Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR);Hydrogen Economy and Fuel Cells;Fusion Propulsion;Space Colonization;Nuclear Batteries;Nuclear Power Plant Safety Board;Illinois Low-level Waste Site;Energy StudiesReviews: a€œMiley includes pictures and graphics to set the historical tone and illustrate scientific concepts, both of which add to his colorful narrative. Readers with an interest in the principles or the history of nuclear energy, or of its future in post-Cold War era a€” will find much to interest them in this book.a€(See Full Review) Inside IllinoisWe watched on the closed-circuit lab TV screen which read out from a camera focused on the reactor area. ... Of course, the health physics experimentalists were accustomed to such events, and did not show any emotion a€” all business.

Title:Life at the Center of the Energy Crisis
Author: George H Miley
Publisher:World Scientific - 2013-04-30

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