Excess Heat: Why Cold Fusion Research Prevailed

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Oak Grove Press, 2002 - 410 páginas
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Now in its 2nd edition, this book is a scholarly history of the science of LENR aka "Cold Fusion". It shows in detail how science went off the rails.
Beaudette's work is both deep in its insights
, and incredibly detailed in its coverage. His skills as a scientists and writer make the narrative captivating.
Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions predicts the pattern described in this book.
Tantalizing observations were made but unexpectedly hard to reproduce.
Occasional irrefutable success was neglected.
Today the best labs have simpler experiments that are 100% reproducible, but that wasn't true in the time period around 1990 that this book focuses on.
Theoretical objections, which remain, made it impossible for the majority of the analytically trained physics community to accept the laboratory data.
The results, particularly the near absence of Gamma and high-energy neutrons, which are highly unexpected in a fusion reaction, also provided an excuses to discount the solid heat and tritium results.
Academic political issues, including an perceived attempt by chemists to "steal" money rightfully entitled to high-energy physicists, caused a rush to judgement.
 

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The Significant Claim w
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The Overburden
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The Enigma of Discovery
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