The Star Builders by Arthur Turrell, a mind-blowing exploration of nuclear fusion and the race to power the planet with clean energy, is published in paperback by Weidenfeld & Nicolson today.
When asked what problem he hoped scientists will have solved by the end of this 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 gripping investigation, 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.