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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Oak Grove Press, LLC; 2nd edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967854830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967854830
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excess Heat is a masterful presentation, clearly reasoned and argued. -- Michael C.H. McKubre, SRI International

Excess Heat is a monumental work of scholarship and will bring this important new phenomenon into the mainstream of science. -- John O'M. Bockris, Texas A&M University, Retired

Excess Heat is not only a superb record of an extraordinary episode, but is also highly entertaining. -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke, from the foreword

About the Author

Charles Beaudette received a bachelor of science degree from MIT in 1952. After selling the instrument company which he founded (Dychro Corporation) in 1961, he worked for ten years with EG&G Corporation, where he specialized in image processing. During this time he participated in the technology development for what became the office facsimile and the PC modem. Now retired, Beaudette lives in Cumberland, Maine.

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Charles Beaudette was born in Boston in 1930. He attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., where he majored in electrical engineering and held the position of managing editor of The Tech, the official student newspaper. He was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1952.
In 1958 he started Dychro Corporation and sold it to a computer company in 1961. From 1963 to 1973 he was employed by EG&G Corporation in Wellesley, Massachusetts, in the capacity of senior engineer and engineering manager. It was during this time that he participated in the technology development for what eventually became the office facsimile, and which work included development of what is now the PC modem. From this activity, Mr. Beaudette was issued a patent on image processing for variable speed page scanning and transmission.
Beaudette has three children and lives in South Bristol, Maine, with his wife.

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Congratulations on a book that is very well written with class, authority, and no doubt, with hard work, the old fashion way: a book for all seasons.
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The book is quite readable without complex mathematics to bog down the mind.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a magnum opus on this fascinating field. Together with Fire from Ice : Searching for the Truth Behind the Cold Fusion Furor by Eugene J. Mallove, this is one book you really need to read. Not only because it is highly interesting, and a great work and example of what really good scholarship means, but also because it is very readable, detailed, honest and accurate. It provides a excellent insight about the early days of cold fusion, the confusion, and the later shortsighted, stupid rejection of the entire field by scientific establishment and mainstream media. The latter can be forgiven, they have no knowledge nor interest in the truth, but the scientists are really to blame. As you can see from previous reviews posted here by exceptional great minds like Arthur C. Clarke, prof. Bockris, and others, this is no joke at all. This is pure, honest, cutting edge science. This is the frontier thinking and research that made our age of technology possible. This is the science the world is needing so badly. Mr. Baudette has done a excellent job of presenting the fact and history of this exciting field of science. For people like him, and like Mallove, Clarke, Bockris, Pons & Fleischmann, and many, many others, I personally have the deepest respect. The truth will come out, one day. Let the critics state one desperate non-argument after the other - this is stuff is for real, and it's here to stay, boys and girls! And it's going to change our world for the better - sooner than you think. I wish I could rate this book 6 stars.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Carroll Chubb on July 10, 2000
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In 1989 two scientists announced that in experiments with hydrogen and metal they had measured heat in excess of what known processes could produce. They hypothesized that fusion of two hydrogen atoms to form helium was the source of the heat. The study of energy production in hydrogen-metal experiments is usually referred to as cold fusion research. Excess Heat probably will be considered the definitive history of the early years of the cold fusion controversy. The author argues convincingly that cold fusion was dismissed as a mistake by most scientific institutions before proper experimental evaluation. Research on cold fusion has continued over the last 10 years and the book shows that the observation of excess heat is now well established by normal scientific criteria. The author presents the scientific evidence, the arguments from both supporters and critics, as well as the findings of experts who visited labs involved in cold fusion research. The author also comments on the psychological factors involved in the cold fusion controversy. In addition, the book touches on evidence from several labs for the formation of nuclear reaction products, such as helium, when the excess heat is produced. Excess Heat is an important book and so interesting that I found it hard to put down.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Michael R. Staker, P.E. on April 2, 2003
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I have read this book, "Excess Heat". I simply could not lay it down until I had finished it entirely. During the process of reading it, I kept repeating to myself (and my captive wife) how excellent a job "this man" did on setting down in philosophically logical terms the convincing facts and logic of the science of cold fusion. At one point I remarked to my wife that "this man" must have taken Apologetics in college and received an "A" mark, but then I remembered that such courses might not have been offered at our Alma Mater (MIT). I was impressed with the way the heretical errors developed, flourished and were brought out in clear plain logic in the book. I want to humbly congratulate the author on such a masterful account of what has happened in this important field. I predict this book will be required reading in some of the "truly best", finest universities in the future. Historically, it will be recorded that Beaudette wrote the truth at a time when science was a bit confused and not quite willing to accept it right away. Slowly it will gain momentum, understanding and finally acceptance. Congratulations on a book that is very well written with class, authority, and no doubt, with hard work, the old fashion way: a book for all seasons.
Dr. Michael R. Staker, P.E.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ed Wall on July 3, 2000
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Mr. Beaudette is a retired accomplished electrical engineer who dedicated his mind and free time to investigating this field for years, as I have done. This is a book I would have like to have written because he has put the strange events surrounding the birth of this science into a form that is accessible by anyone with a basic understanding of science. Without evoking the spectre of conspiracies, one can understand how normal human behavior, distorted by the intensity of media attention, mixed with the proprietary requirements of private research, protection of research grants, and other questionable motives has gotten the field into the present situation. Beaudette leaves no room for doubt about the reality of the effects, in a simple way, by focusing on the simplest evidence, reproduced by the best of laboratories. It was truly a pleasurable reading experience.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2003
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As a journalist covering cold fusion, I turned again and again to this book to check or confirm facts, data, dates, chronologies, and other details and have found it to be the definitive resource in the field. Written by an engineer and vetted by scientists who participated in cold fusion research, the book is an indispensable guide to anyone interested in the history, data, issues, and future of this subject. Recommended without reservation.
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