The Boy Who Played With Fusion

The Boy Who Played With Fusion

Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make A Star

eBook - 2015
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This story of a child prodigy and his unique upbringing is " an engrossing journey to the outer realms of science and parenting" (Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish ).

A PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Finalist

Like many young children, Taylor Wilson dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Only Wilson mastered the science of rocket propulsion by the age of nine. When he was eleven, he tried to cure his grandmother's cancer--and discovered new ways to produce medical isotopes. Then, at fourteen, Wilson became the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion, building a 500-million-degree reactor--in his parents' garage.

In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, science journalist Tom Clynes narrates Wilson's extraordinary story. Born in Texarkana, Arkansas, Wilson quickly displayed an advanced intellect. Recognizing their son's abilities and the limitations of their local schools, his parents took a bold leap and moved the family to Reno, Nevada. There, Wilson could attend a unique public high school created specifically for academic superstars. Wilson is now designing devices to prevent terrorists from shipping radioactive material and inspiring a new generation to take on the challenges of science.

If you're wondering how someone so young can achieve so much, The Boy Who Played with Fusion has the answer. Along the way, Clynes' narrative teaches parents, teachers, and society how and why we urgently need to support high-achieving kids.

"An essential contribution to our understanding of the most important underlying questions about the development of giftedness, talent, creativity, and intelligence." -- Psychology Today

"A compelling study of the thrills--and burdens--of being born with an alpha intellect." -- Financial Times
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9780544084742
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Dec 11, 2016

Great read, any parent with a bright precocious kid should read.

Sep 02, 2016

The true story of how a 14 year old kid managed to become the youngest person ever to build an operational fusion reactor - and the toll it took on him, both as a student as well as in his personal life. Also goes into detail about his personal inventions to date, including one that could stop nuclear terrorism entirely. He may be a superstar, but it's come at a huge price, as this book details.

Sayford Jun 15, 2015

wonderful,just a great read!

Jun 14, 2015

I have yet to read this book so I cannot comment on it, but the Library Journal likens this fellow to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, who never actually created anything. Bad, bad comparison. Steve Wozniak created the personal computer [Apple], and the Windows-type user interface came out of Xerox Parc.

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