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Concluding Remarks

Abstract

I feel that the changes which have taken place in science in the last few years open up new possibilities, about which I should like to say a few words. In 1951 we began work on thermonuclear reactions in the confident belief that we would solve the problem with a rush and immediately. I was assigned the task of ensuring that our future thermonuclear reactor would not get too much out of hand. It was like the story of the man who wished to invent a perpetual motion machine and had taken out a patent on a method for keeping it under control. This attitude stemmed from the successes in developing ''explosive thermonuclear reactors'', a task which was achieved within a very short period of time, leaving physicists with the impression that they could do everything - and do it fast. However, experience soon showed that here we had a scientific rather than a technological problem and that it would be necessary to study in detail the physics of plasmas - which we have now been doing for over ten years.
Authors:
Budker, G. I. [1] 
  1. Institute of Nuclear Physics, Siberian Department of the USSR Academy Of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Union Of Soviet Socialist Republics (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
Jan 15, 1969
Product Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 3. international conference on plasma physics and controlled nuclear fusion research, Novosibirsk, USSR (Russian Federation), 1-7 Aug 1968; Related Information: In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion Research. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion Research. Vol. I| 1011 p.
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; CONTROL; PLASMA; THERMONUCLEAR REACTIONS; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS
OSTI ID:
22106208
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; TRN: XA13M0526064029
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 43-44
Announcement Date:
Jun 20, 2013

Citation Formats

Budker, G. I. Concluding Remarks. IAEA: N. p., 1969. Web.
Budker, G. I. Concluding Remarks. IAEA.
Budker, G. I. 1969. "Concluding Remarks." IAEA.
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