From the article "The Boy Who Played With Fusion"

As the guide runs off to fetch the center's director—You gotta see this kid!—Kenneth feels the weight coming down on him again. What he doesn't understand just yet is that he will come to look back on these days as the uncomplicated ones, when his scary-smart son was into simple things, like rocket science.

This is before Taylor would transform the family's garage into a mysterious, glow-in-the-dark cache of rocks and metals and liquids with unimaginable powers. Before he would conceive, in a series of unlikely epiphanies, new ways to use neutrons to confront some of the biggest challenges of our time: cancer and nuclear terrorism. Before he would build a reactor that could hurl atoms together in a 500-million-degree plasma core—becoming, at 14, the youngest individual on Earth to achieve nuclear fusion.

Taylor's Nuke Site





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  1. Stan Rowen on March 3, 2012 10:22 pm

    I read the article when it came out in Popular Science, and found it astounding. Not just the kid’s brilliance but also his conscious and consistent persistence towards his goals, quite unusual at that age (or any age). The number of science-minded kids in the younger generation gives me some hope that the future may be less bleak than the pessimists amongst us are anticipating.

  2. Christopher Tucker on March 5, 2012 8:14 pm

    There is another one:


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