X-Message-Number: 19192
Date: Sun, 2 Jun 2002 14:40:51 EDT
Subject: Re: Why no fundamental advances in physics? 

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P. Rhoades said:

> I am a self-employed capitalist who 
> supports the trade unions and I am quite sympathetic to techno methods 
> of human physical and mental improvement but I think we should destroy 
> nuclear weapons and power stations and maybe only do a little research 
> on nuclear fusion.

In the long run, nuclear energy on Earth is a bad thing (as I see it). I 
would argue that the natural place of nuclear energy is space or the Moon, a 
world without fluid where thing remain in place for millions of years. That 
could be the answer to the question: Why go back to the Moon? Because it is 
the nearest dry world!  So I am pro space-nuclear and anti Earth-nuclear. I 
think spallation reactor would be the solution: No need to launch any 
radio-active product from Earth, accelerated protons would break stable 
nuclei and produce neutrons without chain reaction.

Yvan Bozzonetti.


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