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Start your review of Fire from Ice: Searcing for the Truth Behind the Cold Fusion Furor Write a review Dec 13, Bill Leach rated it really liked it Dating back to , this book provides an overview of the Pons and Fleischmann announcement of their discovery of a new mechanism of cold fusion, and of the events over the following two years.
Known hot fusion reactions show high neutron or gamma ray production. Neither were seen in the Dating back to , this book provides an overview of the Pons and Fleischmann announcement of their discovery of a new mechanism of cold fusion, and of the events over the following two years. Neither were seen in the cold fusion experiments.
The lack of known fusion products and the difficulty in replicating the Pons and Fleischmann experiments led to heavy skepticism in the press, but also in the scientific community. A number of other mechanisms of cold fusion are known, including muon-catalyzed fusion.
None have been shown to generate a usable net gain in energy, however. Theories as to the mechanism have been proposed and while they suggest further experimentation, the timeframe of the book does not cover much activity in this area.
A number of companies are purportedly pursuing cold fusion, but it would appear that many are charlatans, increasing the uncertainty. However, progress in cold fusion research has been slow. As Mallove points out this has not been unusual with complex mechanisms and was typical of transistors and high temperature superconductivity.
Many of the principals that appear in the book are no longer active in the field. Some, such as Peter Haglestein continue to be active in pursuing advances in the area. Significant conferences, such as the cold fusion conference in Italy feature presentations by well qualified researchers.
The book is well written and gives a perspective that is still of interest 25 years later.
Fire from ice
Fire from Ice: Searcing for the Truth Behind the Cold Fusion Furor