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Review of The Rebirth of Cold Fusion: Real Science, Real Hope, Real Energy Journal of Scientific Exploration, Volume 19, #2, Summer 2005 (Bauer)

This is an excellent survey of the current status, history, and implications of cold fusion . Given the range and substance of the book, it is surprisingly easy to read, even a page-turner as some of the stories unfold. For the general reader, the necessarily technical bits of science which are only a few are explained lucidly and accurately. For scientists who have not followed this topic, the book tells what they should know, namely, that these extraordinary new explorations have been given too short shrift by the mainstream. --Journal of Scientific Exploration

Review of The Rebirth of Cold Fusion: Real Science, Real Hope, Real Energy Journal of Scientific Exploration, Volume 19, #2, Summer 2005 (Bockris)

A great deal of misunderstanding about the New Science of Condensed Matter Nuclear Reactions has been caused by the early and partly erroneous name: Cold Fusion. It is true that the phenomenon upon which so much attention has been placed heat produced in a system in which deuterium is transmuted under electrochemical conditions in helium works by the fusing of two D atoms, but it has transpired that this is one of a series of nuclear reactions that can be stimulated to occur in solids and some of these involve fission rather than fusion.

One of the best features of this book is the strong use of quotations from the dramatis personae. William Happer is one such example. (Krivit and Winocur quote him as referring to Fleischmann and Pons as incompetent boobs. ) Under questioning from Krivit, it turns out that Happer cannot name any Cold Fusion papers that he has read. Part Two ends with a brief statement about 15 years of progress in the new field, 3000 and more papers; Cold Fusion has been tested with confirmation of heat in most of the technologically active countries of the world; and the nuclear character of this heat has been multiply proven by measurements of tritium, and helium accompanying the heat.

In summarizing what I think about this book, one has to have a comparison standard. The only competitor is Beaudette s Excess Heat and Why Cold Fusion Research Prevailed. Both books are very good at shining a strong light on what must surely be the worst period ever in American Physics. But I think Krivit and Winocur take the lead in lucidity. There is very little in their book that could be said to be difficult to understand by any member of the reading public. Were I to seek faults, I see only two. (a) The concentration is predominantly on the US and its work. Japanese work is touched upon (Mizuno and Iwamura) but the Japanese have been outstanding in their government-supported contributions. The copious Russian work is hardly mentioned. (b) Again, although most would agree with the concentration on heat from D-Pd, I personally would like to have seen more on transmutation and an on-the-edge-area that is so counter intuitive that many in the field do not talk of it. I refer to the evidence for nuclear reactions in Biology.

Anyway, there is no doubt that this is the book for all who value freedom of thought and who appreciate an exciting and lucid account of the greatest development in experimental Science in the later half of the 20th Century. --Journal of Scientific Exploration

Review of The Rebirth of Cold Fusion: Real Science, Real Hope, Real Energy by Scott R. Chubb Infinite Energy Magazine, Issue 59

The Rebirth of Cold Fusion: Real Science, Real Hope, and Real Energy, by Steven B. Krivit and Nadine Winocur, should be required reading for anyone interested in cold fusion and LENR. Not only is this book technically sound, but it is so well-written that experts, novices, and newcomers to the field all will enjoy reading it. Remarkably, the book not only covers virtually all of the most important technical details of LENR but also includes an important record of the politics and history of the field and the potential impact of the associated discoveries on world development.

The book is also remarkably timely: To their credit, because Krivit and Winocur published their book immediately after ICCF11 and just before the much-anticipated re-evaluation of cold fusion by the Department of Energy, they are providing accurate information about an evolving, new, important area of science that has been seriously misrepresented, at a time when candor is absolutely necessary. For this reason, the book itself might help to foster the Rebirth of Cold Fusion by advancing the process of disseminating accurate information about the field. Thus, the book could be remembered not only because it is well-written and accurate but also because its publication could alter the history of the associated debate.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I give it my highest recommendation. In writing it, Krivit and Winocur have done a tremendous service not only to the cold fusion field, but also to science as a whole. --Infinite Energy Magazine

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Acclaim for The Rebirth of Cold Fusion
"The neglect of cold fusion is one of the biggest scandals in the history of science. ... The Rebirth of Cold Fusion, by Steven B. Krivit and Nadine Winocur, takes a fresh look at this still unresolved debate. An unbiased reader finishing this book will sense that something strange and wonderful is happening at the 'fringes' of science. ... The future is almost unlimited. It can be the end of the fossil fuel age, ... and the end, incidentally, of many of our worries about global pollution and global warming. ... This book strengthens my hope." -Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Fellow, Kings College, London

"The Rebirth of Cold Fusion gives much insight into how the 'due processes of science' came up with a decision that now appears to have been precisely the wrong one." - Brian Josephson, Nobel prize for physics, 1973

"Krivit and Winocur have done an amazing job in putting together the pieces of this complex and controversial subject. The Rebirth of Cold Fusion makes a powerful argument and does a nice job of story-telling. I found the book to be an engaging, urgent, and passionate brief for a new look at cold fusion as well as a step-by-step guide to the science, history, and issues surrounding a drama that has profound implications for the future of humanity and our planet." - Bennett Daviss, award-winning science journalist

"Written with the nonscientific lay public in mind, The Rebirth of Cold Fusion is clearly an eye-opening book. It illuminates the fact that science is not nearly as well-defined as it would seem. Krivit and Winocur have documented the great personal and professional challenges faced by scientists trying to search for truth inside the 'cold fusion' cell." - Frank E. Gordon, Head, Navigation and Applied Sciences Department of the SPAWAR Systems Center, San Diego, United States Navy

"Basic research and its progress depend upon how open the society is to accept new ideas and pursue them to the end - right or wrong. The Rebirth of Cold Fusion brings out the important question of whether the present form of peer review and financial control by government agencies help in new innovations or not. It is obvious that some changes have to be made, with the future in view." - P. K. Iyengar, Chairman (retired), Atomic Energy Commission, India

"Congratulations on the production of a very useful and readable book. The Rebirth of Cold Fusion fills an evident and urgent need to inform the scientific and lay public about this topic which has been so massively misrepresented in the literature. You have done sterling work on this." - Martin Fleischmann, co-discoverer of cold fusion

"The Rebirth of Cold Fusion is an excellent and timely update. Written for both the uninitiated and the honest skeptic, it is a lucid presentation of the challenging science and the unfortunate politics behind this field. Winocur and Krivit give us hope that the spirit of true Science may prevail!" - M. Srinivasan, associate director, (retired), Physics Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India

"Krivit and Winocur certainly have done their homework. The Rebirth of Cold Fusion is going to be an important contribution." - Edmund Storms, (retired), Los Alamos National Laboratory

"The Rebirth of Cold Fusion is a very good read - it has re-kindled my pride in being part of this field and has served to remind me why I've spent the last twelve years immersed in this magnificent obsession." - Dennis Letts, alternative energy researcher

"Krivit and Winocur offer a broad introduction to the science of cold fusion research in a manner that is accessible to the general reader and essential for the science reporter." - C.G. Beaudette, author of Excess Heat & Why Cold Fusion Research Prevailed

"Krivit and Winocur present a historical review of the field with first hand interviews of key scientists involved over the years. Thought provoking with regards to the environmental issues we face and the need for a new clean energy source, the authors do a great job of educating. Highly recommended by this atomic blogger. There have been other excellent textbooks on the subject in the past ... but this one is genuinely a voice of the community." - Johnathan Chan, editor, Atomicmotor

About Cold Fusion

"In our opinion, these [findings] provide compelling evidence that the [cold fusion effects] are real. This research area has the potential to provide the human race with a nearly unlimited new source of energy. It is possible that [cold fusion] will prove to be one of the most important scientific discoveries of this century." - Melvin Miles, former senior electrochemist of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake, Calif.

"The only thing pathological about cold fusion is the way the scientific establishment has treated it." - Sharon Begley, "Cold Fusion Isn't Dead, It's Just Withering From Scientific Neglect" (Wall Street Journal)

"In regard to cold fusion, it would be advisable for the scientific community to brace itself for the fallout that will be coming soon when the public starts to become aware that the scientific community was engaging in an act of gross self-deception back in 1989." - Brian Josephson, Nobel physics laureate

"It is evident from the papers presented that cold fusion which was rejected by mainstream scientists 14 years ago is going to bounce back as a fascinating new area of nuclear science." - M. Srinivasan, Associate Director, Physics Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, (BARC) Trombay, Mumbai, India, (retired)
"Cold fusion may provide a clean nuclear energy to mankind. Since I have worked long in Nuclear Engineering, it is a dream of nuclear energy." - Akito Takahashi, Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
""It will change how the world functions and how science is done." - Dennis Letts, Alternate Energy Researcher, Austin, Texas

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pacific Oaks Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976054582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976054580
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,244,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By JohnnyCJohnny on November 6, 2004
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If you're interested in science, politics, energy and the future of mankind, this book is a must read. Cold Fusion will become a case study in how easy it is for science to dismiss an unothrodox idea, and how hard it is for those working outside the science othrodoxy to research a controversial field.

This book explains the Cold Fusion controversy that has raged for the past 15 years. Years that have been full of wars over dwindling oil resources in the Middle East. This is the definitive guide for anyone who wants to understand why Cold Fusion has been so controversal, the current state of research into Cold Fusion, and where Cold Fusion research might eventually lead us. Well researched and well written, this is the book that will redefine Cold Fusion for a new generation.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Edmund K. Storms on December 12, 2004
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If you want to know more than even the scientific profession knows about cold fusion, read this book. As a result you will be up to date about one of the most important discoveries of this century. This book continues the line of books that reveal a discovery that will change the way we live, yet has been broadly rejected. Discover how science behaves when it is confronted by a novel idea and how many of the problems created by conventional technology will be solved.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on March 25, 2009
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This work is a relatively nontechnical introduction of LENR ("cold fusion"). It discusses historical developments in the study of the phenomenon, as well as the personal reflections of scientists who have been studying it.

The reader may be astonished to learn of the depth of hostility towards "cold fusion" once engendered by the scientific community. Part of the problem was the entrenched 50-year belief that only multimillion-degree temperatures could cause the fusion of hydrogen, and part of the problem was the belief that, to be real, fusion of hydrogen necessarily fulfilled specific expectations in terms of emission of gamma rays, neutrons, and specific isotopes. Also, there at first were problems in reproducing the phenomena, although, in recent years, this has been greatly alleviated.

Researchers in conventional "hot fusion" had a vested interest in seeing "cold fusion" rejected as science, because any funding for "cold fusion" research would only cut into funding for "hot fusion" research. Some of it was intellectual arrogance, pure and simple. "Cold fusion" proponents were not merely dismissed, but often vilified. There came a point when editors of scientific journals would not even send out a cold-fusion manuscript to referees for consideration of publication. Others cited Carl Sagan's maxim that "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence", which begged the question on the nature of the evidence.

For a time, the cold-fusion community became effectively an underground scientific movement, relying on private funding, and publishing in its own journals. In time, they won more and more adherents, and LENR made a comeback.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Arthur J. Robey on September 19, 2010
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The reason I bought this book is because we are in a desperate trap.
Traps look inviting until sprung.

This is the nature of the trap.
We convert 10 units of oil energy into 1 unit of food energy. This has enabled us to grow the population from 1 billion before oil to 9 billion now. And the rate of extraction of oil has peaked. From now on there will be less and less to share among more and more people.

So. Does cold fusion (or LENR or CANR) offer us hope of cheap energy?
This book is besotted by the politics and human drama of the cold fusion saga, and there is no doubt that there is plenty of theatrics. (This shows that high intelligence offers no protection from human frailty.)
The book has offered me hope that we may delay the inevitable consequences of exponential human growth, until we manage to escape our birth planet. Like most births this is going to be painful. We will not want to leave our womb.

My apatite is whetted for more technical descriptions, so I shall buy other books on the subject.
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