February 07, 2011
Posted by scott at February 07, 2011 11:55 AM
By using mirrored tiles and an old compact satellite dish, a teen in Indiana has created a solar reflector so powerful it'll melt rock. This sort of idea writ large featured prominently in a (very entertaining) John Ringo book I recently finished, Live Free or Die. I wonder if the architect was inspired by the author?
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I finished that one about a month ago. Definitely entertaining. Next in the series (Citadel?) should be out in the reasonably near future.
Beats the hell out of frying ants with a magnifying glass, though. I'd bet the guy might cite Archimedes, though.
Nobody remembers that guy who did the same thing with a fresnel lens?
Citadel is already out (Came out 1 Jan) The next book in the series (The Hot Gate) is due out in May.
You can his publishing schedule at Baen.com
I probably should've qualified that - hardcover doesn't count. I'm too damned cheap.