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1) Coffee & Cake
2) 15h15 : “Introduction” by Norbert J. Mauser (WPI c/o U. Wien)
3) 15h20 – 16h15 : Uriel Frisch (Lab. J.L. Lagrange, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS, Nice) :
«Fusion: past and future of an energy source»
3) 16h15 - : “open discussions” with drinks & sandwiches
This week at the Wolfgang Pauli Institute we are running a workshop where we try to assess how much a recent breakthrough in laser fusion at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California bring us to sustained energy production.
Curiously, fusion did not at all start in the early fifties. In the 19th century William Prout and Charles Darwin made key observations. In the early 20th century, Paul Langevin and Jean Perrin observed that Einstein's equivalence between mass and energy has important consequences for fusion energy.This was before Arthur Edington well-known observations on the Solar energy "If indeed, the sub-atomic energy in the stars is being freely used to maintain their great furnaces, it seems to bring a little nearer to fulfilment our dream of controlling this latent power of the well-being of the human race - of for its suicide."
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