The Star Drive

The True story of a Genius, an Engine and Our Future

Phillip Hills

Told for the first time, this is the extraordinary story of how an obscure Victorian Scottish minister invented the technology which may take us to the stars. Phillip Hills weaves science and history together to tell the story of one of the most exciting scientific developments the world has ever seen.
Date Published :
December 2021
Publisher :
Birlinn
Illustration :
16pp b/w plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781780276687
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 8.85 X 5.5 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$21.95

Overview
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In May 2018 NASA called a press conference to announce the successful test-run of their tiny nuclear reactor KRUSTY (Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology). This revolutionary technology, which runs on heat alone, may have profound consequences for the future of mankind, enabling us to maintain permanent bases on the Moon, on Mars and other planets, and eventually power a starship. On earth too it could have enormous benefits as a new way to generate power at a time when climate change is threatening our very existence.

This book is the amazing story behind this invention, which began with Robert Stirling’s original designs for a heat exchange engine in 1816. An invention truly ahead of its time, the practical application of the Stirling Engine has taxed the minds of scientists and inventors for almost 200 years. Only now is it possible for its full potential to be realised. Phillip Hills weaves science and history together to tell the story of one of the most exciting scientific developments the world has ever seen.

About The Author
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Phillip Hills has had a varied career. After studying philosophy he has, at various times, worked as a docker, a crane driver, a truck driver and a scuba diving instructor. He found more gainful employment as an Inspector of Taxes, and also ran his own accountancy for 20 years.

REVIEWS
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The Star Drive [tells] the remarkable story both of Stirling’s life and the afterlife of his invention.'

- Dundee Courier

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