November 9, 2012

18-Year-Old Plans to Make Fusion a Reality

Geoffrey Gagnon, The Atlantic


AP Photo

When he was 14, Wilson built a nuclear-fusion reactor. Then, a bomb-sniffing device that impressed even the president. Now 18, the prodigy is skipping college and using a $100,000 Thiel Fellowship to try to crack the riddle of harnessing energy from nuclear fusion—a feat that plenty consider impossible.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Genius, Science Education, Nuclear Fusion, Young Scientists

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

October 21, 2013
The Involuntary PhD
Monika Maleszewska, Nature
When I was a little girl, a classmate said to me: “Monika, perhaps you are smart at school… but you are not so smart in life!” Heavy words for an 8 year old. But words that still haunt me today.The public... more ››
October 14, 2013
Six Tibetan Monks Walk Into a Physics Class...
Kim Severson, N.Y. Times
Quantum theory tells us that the world is a product of an infinite number of random events. Buddhism teaches us that nothing happens without a cause, trapping the universe in an unending karmic cycle.Reconciling the two might... more ››