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An Impossible Invention: The true story of the energy source that could change the world Paperback – December 1, 2014
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The highlight of the week was the publication of Mats Lewan's book 'An Impossible Invention', subtitled The true story of the energy source that could change the world. The author, a science and technology writer, has been investigating the controversial Rossi reactor or E-cat in depth in the 3 years since its initial presentation in Bologna in January 2011. (...) This fascinating book provides the answers to many questions about the E-cat, and should be read by all skeptics.
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For over fifteen years, journalist and public speaker Mats Lewan--author of the book An Impossible Invention: The True Story of the Energy Source that Could Change the World--has been writing about technology and science based on his profound knowledge in the field. His style is captivating and easy to follow, even for those who are not technology savvy.
He is committed to the issue of where our world is heading and how people and technology interact. Both as a speaker and writer, he identifies technology-driven social change that many sense but is often difficult to describe.
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This story has only 2 possible endings.
1. Rossi is a scammer orchestrating one of the worlds weirdest and overly complex financial scams in history. He will be discovered as a fraud, humiliated and sued.
2. Rossi (and others) have developed a practical version of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR originally called Cold fusion). And the world is about to get very interesting. Rossi's main contribution is to stabilize the reaction somehow. Fleischman and Pons are awarded the Nobel Prize (posthumously for Martin Fleishmann).
The ease of discovering the scam once the devices are in the hands of an investor is what has always bothered me about the Rossi as scammer theory. Also picking Cold Fusion would already make any investors very cautious and any possible contracts bullet proof against fraud. How he would keep any money from the scam long enough to enjoy it seems hard to understand. However everything else about Rossi screams fraud his background, the sloppiness of the lab, e-Cat and lack of any theory (or even a relevant degree). Mats brings this story to life and offers up a possible explanation for Rossi just by giving us details about his life and personality. In the end Rossi seems less like a fraud and more like a possible eccentric genius who is his own worst enemy. With the recent publication of the Parkhomov report detailing a reaction very similar to Rossi's and with clear instructions on how to reproduce the effect it is looking more likely that option #2 is the most likely outcome. Here is the story so far some since this book was published:
1. In January 2014 the Cherokee Group buys Rossi's technology and forms a firm Industrial Heat LLC to develop it. Wary of Rossi they write up a contract that requires independent verification of the process.
2. That report comes out in October 2014. 3 universities in 2 countries and 6 people are involved putting their careers on the line. It also shows isotopic analysis that shows a nuclear reaction of some kind is occurring in Rossi's E-Cat devices. This analysis also gives clues as to the makeup of the catalysts in the E-Cat.
3. Based on this analysis other more public investigations start. Pakhomov at Lomonosov Moscow State University replicates a similar reaction and sees excess heat but cannot control it. Publishes in January 2015.
4. Several people working with the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project try experiments based on Pakhomov and seem to get excess heat before an explosion in the device in February 2015. Again they have problems controlling the reaction. All along this control has been Rossi's claim. He did not invent LENR based on Ni-H lattice reactions he just figured out how to stabilize them and make them useful.
5. Oil prices start falling dramatically along with heavy shorting activity across fossil fuels as if investors have insider information on a new and dramatic energy breakthrough. Utilities also start acting on legislatures around the country to reduce or prohibit self generation of power by customers. Several conservative groups form to counter these actions in Florida and Arizona. Divestment from fossil fuel movements start getting serious attention from large investors.
At this point either Rossi is engaged in a huge complex scam involving falsification or results around the world and in a half dozen groups and universities. He would somehow also have to buy off of dozens of people who would need to be compensated millions for their (soon to be) lost careers. While this is not impossible (think of a fossil fuel shorting version of the Hunt brothers silver scam) it seems increasingly unlikely. Plus there are several other companies (Brillouin, Lattice energy, NicHenergy) working on something very similar. My initial skepticism for this entire area of research and especially of Rossi is beginning to fade in the face of overwhelming evidence. This book may be the first part of the greatest story of our time and the massive shift that lies ahead for our world.
I'd like to believe the Rossi hype but the experimental evidence provided up till now has not sufficiently convinced me that have anything other than a fancy percolator or a heating resistor driven piece of pipe. Mats seems to gloss over this fact and just regurgitates the impossible claims.
I'm convinced that Rossi's invention-- a clean source of power based on tabletop fusion-- will be history making and I'm thrilled to have a chance to witness it as it unfolds. Mats Lewan has been able to watch it happen firsthand; he's an excellent writer and he has a very even-handed way of approaching what is, for some, a controversial topic. This makes for a fascinating read.
As to the book contents-- The first portion goes into detail on Rossi's past, the ups and downs that could be said to make his past "checkered". Mats talks about how some of these things might be fair and some unfair, and how they may have inspired Rossi to attempt the impossible. The later portions of the book deal with the course of Rossi's invention-- demos that worked and some that didn't (or not well enough to convince tough observers). Mats then brings the reader up to the very recent past-- an independent third party test that was very compelling and some successful business dealings that provide a different sort of confirmation.
Mats approaches the matter very objectively (for which he should be commended)-- he presents the information and lets the reader make up his or her own mind. I obviously made my mind up a long time ago based on other things that I've read. Mats book helped confirm things further because he gave a clearer light to some of the odd things that Rossi did that seemed self defeating-- now I understand those better.
Summary: Enjoyable book; important book; get the sample; get the book.
*** Update: On 10/8/14 an independent scientific report was released that confirms the importance of Rossi's invention. (The report can be found by googling "LuganoReportSubmit.pdf".) Three very significant conclusions came out of the report:
* 1) There *was* excess heat produced (output was 3 times "breakeven").
* 2) There were dramatic shifts in the isotopes of Lithium and Nickel. This proves that Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) were indeed going on.
* 3) There was no radiation observed: before, during or after the reactions, or in the waste by-products of the reaction.
These are history making results-- the potential for abundant, clean energy-- and it makes Mats Lewan's book even more vital and interesting to read.
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I have been following LENR for the last few years and this book gives good insight into the field and behind the scenes.