Fusion Energy

To address reader requests, the Bulletin has assembled here in one place a “greatest hits” collection of some of our articles on fusion energy, which date back farther than expected. This collection contains essays by opponents and proponents of the technology, from major research laboratories (including the director-general of ITER), along with the observations of outsiders about the side effects—some beneficial, some not—to fusion research. The collection also includes articles about the possible dangers of fusion, the likely impacts of fusion research on nuclear weaponry, and concerns that fusion as a power source may still be 20 years away in the future (wrote the author of an article dated June, 1970). More material can be found by consulting the John A. Simpson Archive.