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
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"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)
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"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