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Fire from Ice: Searching for the Truth Behind the Cold Fusion Furor (Wiley Science Editions) First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471531395
ISBN-10: 0471531391
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Mallove, a professional science writer, tells the history of recent cold fusion research from the dramatic Pons-Fleischmann announcement in March 1989 until approximately the fall of 1990. All the major twists and turns of the story are related with a modest amount of technical detail; it should be quite intelligible to laypeople. Mallove covers much the same ground at about the same level as Frank Close does in Too Hot To Handle ( LJ 5/15/91). However, there is a dramatic difference--Mallove is a firm believer in the cold fusion phenomenon; he is thus at the opposite end of the spectrum from Close. At the moment, the scientific consensus appears to be with the skeptics, but Mallove's book is nevertheless recommended for all libraries that have Close's. In tandem, the two volumes will give readers an interesting view of a continuing scientific controversy.
- Jack W. Weigel, Univ. of Michigan Lib., Ann Arbor
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Mallove brings dramatically to life the human side of this important scientific controversy, which has tapped the emotions of its scientific participants in a way usually typical of major scientific revolutions. Fire from Ice is highly recommended reading for anyone who is interested in the nature of scientific controversy and scientific change. I frankly could not put the book down once I started it." -- Dr. Frank Sulloway, former MacArthur Fellow Science historian, MIT Program in Science, Technology and Society --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Wiley Science Editions
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc; First Edition edition (June 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471531391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471531395
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By JohnnyCJohnny on November 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
Eugene Mallove tragically lost his life earlier this year in a simple act of barbarism. So odd that a man who devoted his life to one of the most neglected and abstract fields of science in the late 20th Century would die in such a senseless manner. Luckily, Gene's lifes work will not be a waste, as Cold Fusion is finally starting to achieve the recognition it rightly deserves. It will be pinoneers like Dr. Mallove who will be remembered for keeping the Cold Fusion flame alive during some of its darkest moments. Buy and read this book, it's sure to be a collectors item soon, as Cold Fusion will soon emerge as a mainstream field of science and Dr. Mallove will be exonerated for persuing such a taboo field of science.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Great boot about cold fusion. Mallove is not a crackpot that the cold fusion skeptics can throw under the rug. Gives the general picture about cold fusion and findings from "respected labs". Very good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bluemedal on December 22, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The focus of the book is on cold fusion's statistically impossible anomalies. The author shows that such data can be just as important as repeatable experiments even though it is not accepted by mainstream scientists for some stubborn reason. If you all have a chance, check out the 60 minutes special on cold fusion on youtube where a skeptical scientist recants his original statements upon witnessing unexplainable anomalies at a facility which was carefully set up with his supervision. I really feel this book shows the promise of cold fusion without getting speculative or cultish. It's a wonderful book. Buy it if you want a good read on how peer reviewed conventional science can still fail us. Buy it if you have a fascination with cold fusion as it goes into the history of all fusion and has illustrations/photos to boot.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought this was a great book. If you want an intriguing book about the controversial energy source of the future you must read this book. It is an excellent read!
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