Cold Fusion

Cold Fusion

The Scientific Fiasco of the Century

John R. Huizenga

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University of Rochester Press

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An account of the cold fusion debate, the Pons/Fleischmann cold fusion claim, and its aftermath.
`An authoritative, frank, hard-hitting account of the cold fusion fiasco.' GLENN T. SEABORG
`As a distinguished nuclear chemist he is uniquely qualified to evaluate the field. Cool, dispassionate scientists and policymakers will receive hisbook, I trust, with the respect it deserves.' FRANK CLOSE, NATURE
`Members of the scientific community and lay readers interested in the history of the cold fusion episode and its broader implication for the scientific process will find much to consider in John Huizenga's thoughtful account of this astonishing chapter in the history of science.' STANLEY C. LUCKHARDT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. NATURE
`This book belongs in all college and university libraries.' CHOICE
In the spring of 1989 two electrochemists, B. Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann, working at the University of Utah, claimed to have duplicated the high-temperature process powering the sun at room temperature in a small jar on a laboratory tabletop. Scientists worldwide rushed to verify cold fusion, but analyses showed that most of the positive reports were plagued by experimental uncertainties, inadequate controls and improper assessment of errors; a definitive experiment still does not exist. Huizenga tells the story of the cold fusion claim in this book, presenting his own analysis of the reports, exploring the damaging consequences of the claim, and affirming his view that test tube fusion with watts of power remains a chimera.
JOHN R. HUIZENGA, former Tracy H. Harris Professor of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Rochester, was co-chairman of the Cold Fusion Panel of the Energy Research Advisory board.

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June 1993
5 black and white illustrations
275 pages
22.8x15.2 in
ISBN: 9781878822079
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BIC PNRL
BISAC SCI051000
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`An authoritative, frank, hard-hitting account of the cold fusion fiasco.' GLENN T. SEABORG`As a distinguished nuclear chemist he is uniquely qualified to evaluate the field. Cool, dispassionate scientists and policymakers will receive his book, I trust, with the respect it deserves.' FRANK CLOSE, NATURELong and quotable review by Steven Jones, Brigham Young Univ., in Physics World, which won't fit in this field. `Members of the scientific community and lay readers interested in the history of the cold fusion episode and its broader implication for the scientific process will find much to consider in John Huizenga's thoughtful account of this astonishing chapter in the history of science.' STANLEY C. LUCKHARDT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Science, Vol. 257, 24th July 1992. This book belongs in all college and university libraries. CHOICE

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