Topic: Renewable Energy, Thermosolar Technology, Political Stagnation
In 1988, Dr. Jack Steinberger was awarded the Nobel Prize, which he shares with his two colleagues, for the discovery of the muon neutrino. Dr. Steinberger completed his graduate studies in 1948 at the University of Chicago under Edward Teller and Enrico Fermi, and spent a year afterwards at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton studying with J. Robert Oppenheimer. Since then, Dr. Steinberger has been a faculty member at Columbia University working at the Nevis Laboratory and department director at CERN. Recently, Dr. Steinberger has taken an interest in the energy future, especially in renewable energy sources and the potential of thermosolar technologies. In this interview, Dr. Steinberger discusses the current energy situation and the need to transition away from fossil fuel, the potential for thermosolar technology to provide the answer to the energy problem, and the transitional role of nuclear energy.