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Nuclear Transmutation: The Reality of Cold Fusion [Hardcover]

Dr. Tadahiko Mizuno
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December 1998 1892925001 978-1892925008 0
The announcement of cold fusion in March 1989 at the University of Utah was greeted with astonishment worldwide. Drs. Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons had claimed that an electrochemical cell with heavy water electrolyte and a palladium cathode gave rise to so much excess energy that the mysterious phenomenon had to be nuclear, and was probably a process related to nuclear fusion. Many scientists quickly took sides for or against cold fusion--mostly against. By the end of the summer the experts claimed cold fusion didn't exist. They said it was an experimental error and could not be reproduced. Actually, the story had barely begun. Provocative research had never ended. Cold fusion was and is very much alive. IN THIS BOOK, Dr. Mizuno describes both the dark and bright sides of the cold fusion story: the frustration, the boredom, the endless guerrilla war with scientists who wanted to stop the research, science journalists who appeared to thrive on the outpouring of supposedly negative results, fruitless battles to publish a paper or be heard at a physics conference, but then also the triumph of dramatic experimental results in the production of huge excess energy and the paradigm busting discovery of the low-energy transmutation of heavy elements found on cold fusion electrodes. It is impossible for one book to encompass the now expanding worldwide effort to understand the cold fusion enigma, but for those who want to learn about the rest of the story, this account of one scientist's experience on the frontiers of knowledge is an excellent beginning.

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"I find this frank and open exposition by Dr. Mizuno to be the most thoughtful, most interesting, and most helpful scientifically of all the books to date about 'cold fusion.' In the process of recounting his experiences and views, Dr. Mizuno provides an important glimpse into how research often evolves in practice and how the process can plunge into a chaotic maze in some cases, like 'cold fusion.'" -- Professor George Miley, University of Illinois, Fusion Studies Laboratory

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Cold Fusion Technology (December 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892925001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892925008
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable for Anyone Interested in New Energy April 21, 1999
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This English translation of Tadahiko Mizuno's Japanese book on cold fusion served as a valuable introduction to significant research and progress in a scientific process many have written off as unachievable. In recounting his personal research with electrochemical cells designed to produce a practical source of energy, Dr. Mizuno tells a story of many failures and a few successes. Clearly, reproducibility and consistent power production have been significant problems in producing energy by cold fusion. Though Mizuno was forced to work under conditions that would be regarded as difficult and unacceptable in much of Europe and the U.S., this persevering researcher slowly learned important factors that relate to the goal of achieving a sustained, controlled, and repeatable cold fusion. The obstacles faced by Mizuno were not limited to poor laboratory equipment or the expense of crucial materials, for he also was required to perform the time-consuming teaching duties of a professor and direct or restrict his research and publication efforts as required by authorities. Dr. Mizuno seems to understand what engineers know quite well: a valid theory facilitates the design of a device by proceeding with a design based upon the knowledge of electrical, chemical, and physical properties of materials. I quite enjoyed those parts of the book that revealed the human qualities of Dr. Mizuno as he struggled towards his personal goal of demonstrating cold fusion. At times, he shares a moment of philsophical reflection, showing delightful sides of his personality and character. For a novice in cold fusion research, the glossary proved indispensable. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The triumph of Empiricism over Theory March 18, 2011
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How often do we have to shake off our preconceived dogmatisms?
The history of science is replete with examples.
Here is a contemporary example.

It has become blindingly obvious that Chemicaly Aided Nuclear Reactions are real and have been the victim of vested interests, much to our loss.

How much better Japan would be now if these discoveries were supported and pursued instead of fission generation.

Let us pray that Rossi can overcome his craven opponents and bring his demonstration to the market.

Tadahiko Mizuno is an honerable professor of electro chemistry who has been working on the issue since 1989.

If you are of an open mind you will find this a good and easy read. It shows the triumph of empircism of over theory.

Thank you Professor Mizuno
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5.0 out of 5 stars Think Cold Fusion is bogus? Read this book... October 30, 2012
By geric
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...which is the account of a real scientist who has proven that anomalous heat and nuclear transmutations do occur in metal hydrogen/deuterium-loaded systems--albeit unpredictably. Most interesting is the idea he expresses that the so-called "failed" experiments, those intended only to try to show anomalous heat, when this was not produced, may, had the samples been properly analyzed, have proven to have nonetheless produced non-exothermic nuclear transmutations.

We've all heard the fable of the tortoise and the hare. This story exemplifies the true meaning behind that tale. In real life, real hares beat tortoises in footraces. But when one isn't willing to take the first step properly, and follow that with each successive proper step, one not only don't finish first, one was never in the race.

This book rocks; these men, Dr. Mizuno and his CANR-LENR associates, someday, will deserve the Nobel prize.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good interesting read October 27, 2010
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I enjoyed reading this. I felt a little overwhelmed at times with the equations, but most of the book is very easy to comprehend, even for the average student interested in nuclear transmutation.
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By Kevin
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I am still reading because of my keen interest in the subject. If the reader has a basic background in "Physics" meaning electrical theory as a technician,or a person who repairs machinery & has a keen interest in science or is simply a student this book can be insightful. Wish it had some copies of the scientific papers but that was not practical being it's not a textbook. All in all this book is a very good read.
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