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October 24, 2010 / farrelledwards

Genesis

Hey, I’m Farrell.  I’m a producer at EA, the largest games publisher in the world.  This is me:

My dad, Farrell, is on the physics faculty at USU, having just celebrated 50 years of service for them.  This is him:

At EA Salt Lake, we’re part of the group that makes games for kids and families based on Hasbro licenses.  I’ve just recently finished producing a Nerf game for pre-teen boys, a Littlest Pet Shop game for young girls and I’m just now finishing a gardening game for 14-35 year old women.  If you said, “That doesn’t seem like the kind of games EA makes,” you’d be absolutely right.  We’re navigating new ground and opening new markets for EA.

Dad has long worked on what he describes as the “cold forgotten corners” of physics.  He is a good instructor and a good team player on the physics faculty.  He’s published a few papers and spoken at several conferences.  He was chosen in the early 80s as USU’s professor of the year and delivered the “Last Lecture” that year.  He’s respected of his peers.  But he never has been on the bleeding edge doing work that people care about.

Until now.

Oh, let’s be clear, he may not be in the cold forgotten parts of the universe, but he definitely isn’t mainstream.  He’s got this crazy idea (and some encouraging theoretical findings) for plasma containment that may be robust enough to super-heat the plasma to fusion capable levels.  What does that mean?  Safe, affordable nuclear power without the unsavory by-products. What’s the likelihood?  Dad has guessed it’s 40% likely his theory is correct.

But it’s gotta prove out in the lab and things are going so slowly in the lab.  That’s where I come in.

I can help him.

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11 Comments

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  1. Andrea Christensen / Oct 24 2010 12:58 pm

    Okay, I’m hooked. How do you help? You’ve got to let us know!

  2. Laura Edwards / Oct 24 2010 3:35 pm

    Love it!!

  3. Claire E Grover / Oct 24 2010 5:00 pm

    How can you help him?!?…

  4. Laura Jensen / Oct 24 2010 6:40 pm

    Suspense is killing me!

  5. John / Oct 24 2010 7:27 pm

    I think the likelihood just jumped up significantly.

  6. David Edwards / Oct 24 2010 8:01 pm

    What John said.

  7. David Sidwell / Oct 24 2010 9:19 pm

    Go for it, Mr. Fusion!

  8. Clarissa Ludlow / Oct 24 2010 11:04 pm

    I have to know!!

  9. Marianne / Oct 25 2010 1:44 pm

    “fusion & games” kinda like “fun with fusion”. I love it.

  10. Jane / Oct 25 2010 5:44 pm

    I’m waiting………….

  11. Rick / Nov 29 2010 4:44 pm

    So how can you help? Here are some ideas:

    Make a physics video game to sell so that you can raise money for research.
    Sell Farellcatures.
    Use your extreme programming skills to prove the theory.
    Become his lab assistant.

    Great blog.

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