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The boy who rebuilt the sun on earth

In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, Tom Clynes tells the extraordinary story of Taylor Wilson, the science genius who built a working nuclear fusion reactor aged 14

4 July 2015

9:00 AM

4 July 2015

9:00 AM

The Boy who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting and How to Make a Star Tom Clynes

Faber, pp.320, £16.99, ISBN: 9780571298136

In 2008, when Taylor Wilson was 14, he created a working nuclear fusion reactor, ‘a miniature sun on earth’. At 17 he entered his home-made radiation detector for inspecting cargo at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair; his project was entitled ‘Countering Nuclear Terrorism: Novel Active and Passive Techniques for Detecting Nuclear Threats’.

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