From Publishers Weekly
This scholarly expose of the cold fusion controversy, brought public in 1989 at the University of Utah, is two parts chemistry and one part sociology of science as affected by greed. Close ( The Cosmic Onion ), a physicist from Britain's Ritherford Labs and a talented writer, offers a global view of the interactions of the science, politics and personalities involved in what may have been the archetypical science event of the '80s. Lay readers will need their high school chemistry and some physics to follow the detailed chronology of events and players (F. D. Peat's Cold Fusion would be a good reference). The mysteries of matter are often overshadowed by the volatile forces of humans and their institutions in a day-by-day, experiment-by-experiment account that simultaneously meets the tests of good science and good journalism.
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"Frank Close has shown [care and industry] in recording, at first hand wherever possible, the whole story from the beginning. We possess too few detailed case-histories of science, and this is a very welcome addition. His best passages ... have a racy vigour; as in good thrillers, one can hardly wait to see what they will get up to next, and as in good thrillers, what they get up to is frequently worse than expected.... The book should be read as an exemplary tale by all who are concerned about the conflicting demands of scientific integrity, personal ambition and public interest."--Nature