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At the age of fourteen Taylor Wilson built his first working fusion reactor. He and his brother are super intelligent in the upper 1% bracket. Clynes goes into Taylor’s achievements starting at age nine with building his own rockets and fuel. Clynes goes into depth about the public schools Taylor attended in Texarkana to the Davidson Academy for the Gifted at the University of Nevada Reno. He briefly discussed what worked with Taylor did not work with his brother.
His grandmother died of cancer when he was in his teens and Taylor became interested in cancer treatment. Taylor used his reactor to create medical isotopes. He could do this at much less cost than the big cyclotrons or linear accelerator could. He went on to develop a company to produce the isotopes while he was a teenager.
Taylor decided not to attend college as his high school work was at the level of a grad student and he was not interested in a more general education. He already was the recipient of a research grant, so decided to stay with research and development. He was working on developing a small safe fusion reactor unit to produce energy to power cities.
The author discussed the unusual parenting techniques of Taylor’s parents and the need for schools to change their approach to learning. He went on to discuss various learning and teaching techniques to allow all students to achieve more. The book is well written and the science is written in a way everyone can understand it.
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That anyone can do the things in this book is amazing. For a teenager to do them requires reexamination of standard views of education. The fact that shop courses are no longer part of standard curriculum needs to be changed.
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