BTW, I have always felt that Bussard's suggestion to jump to a full scale machine was most likely a product of his personal desire to see his life long dream become a reality before the inevitability of his impending death. Given more time, I would assume he would favor at least one other less expensive step in there.jmc wrote:100 million pounds is far too much to invest in an unproven concept unless its well diagnosed and tested so that the scaling laws are verified to a reasonable degree of certainty.
While I question Bussard's motives in some ways, I also respect his ideas. I question the quality of his papers on the subject but I understand the circumstances under which he tried to get this info out there. It is hard to be critical of a man who was dying.
I am very impressed with Dr Nebel. He left on leave from some pretty interesting work with a well respected institution to do this. I fail to see the motivation in that move if it is based on some crackpot ideas. He must believe that it is not. Further, he isn't pussy footing around. He wants to make a machine and show it to the scientific community and get it properly peer reviewed. Heck he wants to build machines and give them out to said community. He is way up front about it. And he isn't over hyping anything. He wants this properly looked at. Until you find that he hasn't followed through on this promiss, you must respect the way he has conducted himself.
I await the WB7 results and then suspect we will see and incrementally larger design at some intermediate scale that leaves you the majority of your 100 million pounds.
Come to think of it, it won't use ANY of your 100 million pounds. It will be built with good old American dollars!
I say that Brits and Germans really shouldn't worry about what we Americans spend our dollars on Except, of course, when it is to save one of you from the other ... again