Although I have dominantly worked as an engineer, 3 decades ago I did my
Ph.D. thesis on the dynamics of fusion plasmas. At that time, the major
problem was instabilities. Some 15 years later I had the good fortune,
on a business flight, to sit beside the then head of the tokamak project
at MIT. He said that the primary problem was no longer instabilities and
confinement, but rather the difficulty of extracting the heat in a
useable fashion,. His claim was that nobody even had a decent idea for a
line of research to offer in order to get funding.
I see that Hutchinson of MIT will be speaking at the ASA meeting in
August. I hope to be there and hope he has something to say on this
Glenn Morton wrote:
> The problem with all the alternative energy sources I have looked at
> is that they can't come anywhere near providing the energy which oil
> gives us. And I agree that the funding for alternatives, especially
> fusion, is far too little. We need to fund fusion research and solve
> that because that is the real answer as I see it.
Walt Hicks <email@example.com>
In any consistent theory, there must
exist true but not provable statements.
You can only find the truth with logic
If you have already found the truth
without it. (G.K. Chesterton)
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