Hacking the Atom

Making Sense of LENR

  • "A Scientific Detective Story That Debunks "Cold Fusion""
    Hacking the Atom was a surprising, iconoclastic reading experience, a detective story in a meticulously researched timeline. The book destroyed my assumption that modern scientists would never preach what they want to believe if those beliefs excluded contrary scientific facts and data. I learned how scientists, physicists, and Pd.D.s of all stripes can be just as narrow thinking as true believers of any political persuasion. My science quotient is low, so some of the equations and charts in the book were beyond my ken, but I don’t think they could or should be dumbed down. The good news is that my ignoring the graphs and formulae did not get in the way of understanding the real story. Read more
    Richard Lavinthal, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
  • "I came to the book as a skeptic, but am forced to admit that my skepticism was misplaced."
    Steven Krivit’s meticulously researched book is a riveting story and a rigorous work of research. An amazing, outrageous tale and a scientific treatise that a layman can follow. It charts the labyrinthine world of “cold fusion” research, revealing big chunks of scientific history that most of us were totally unaware of. It’s a story that seems so unlikely that we would doubt it ever happened if the author hadn’t documented everything so painstakingly. A whole huge cast of improbable and unforgettable characters were involved, the research and the story took astonishing turns. And in the end, perhaps we at last glimpse the truth of what Fleischmann and Pons accidentally discovered. Spoiler alert: It isn’t fusion. But it is amazing. Read more  
    James Thomson, Maryland
  • "Read This Book"
    "This book is written for general audiences; a background in science or engineering is not required to understand or enjoy it. It describes the painstaking research that led to an understanding of what was really happening in the reactions originally dubbed "cold fusion," and the scientific infighting that delayed progress in the field. Anyone interested in what might be the most important scientific discovery of the last thirty years should read this book." Read more
    David M. Drury, Ph.D., Wisconsin
  • "Extremely Interesting and Informative"
    "I found your new book "Hacking the Atom" extremely interesting and informative - not only because of the raw physics involved, but also because of the tortured pathway of scientific progress revealed. Thank you for a significant contribution to our scientific culture!" Read More
    John A. Gowan, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • "A Ringside Seat at the Scientific Conflict of the Century"
    "The book provides the requisite scientific foundation to be credible, but most readers, with or without training in science should enjoy the engaging "whodunnit" journey this book offers. The book also provides a massively comprehensive archive (It's got over 50 pages of references, appendices, definitions etc!) of the personalities and incidents involved, as the field continued to develop under the radar over the last 27 years. These include legitimate scientists, who perhaps didn't realise they were in denial that the data did not look like fusion, who were attracted to the prospect of selling limitless energy, and the inevitable scammers, eager to make a quick profit." Read More
    By Nick Palmer, Jersey, U.K.
  • "Very good overview on the topic, in plain English"
    Written in plain English, and dispassionately for the most part, Hacking the Atom is an excellent overview of the history of "cold fusion"/LENR research (for the period described in this volume). An effort has also been made to provide definitions and general background (again, in layman's terms) on the phenomena. Despite having large elemental swaths dealing with foreign research aspects conducted by scientists overseas, a lot of the historical narrative has an "Americana" flavoring to it---including hubris, con artists, fraud, unprofessional reviews of submitted papers, bad journalism and journalists, guns, as well as out-and-out innovative ideas all thrown into the mix. Read More
    P.J.P., U.S.
  • "Imagine"
    I have been following Steven Krivit for last 5 years, reading his work at New Energy Times. Popularizing science is something commendable, and even more so when it comes to such an arduous topic as nuclear physics. I have read only the first chapters of the book at this moment, and I feel as excited as if I were reading a novel. In my dreams, all of us will have in the future a LENR device at home, that will be a quantum leap in human history. We are on the way, and Krivit is showing us the path. Read More
    By Lorenzo Garcia, Spain
  • "Historical recount and devious intrigue that reads almost like a mystery novel"
    Most valuably, Krivit demonstrates very effectively how slowly and painfully prevailing research paradigms shift in a hotly debated and controversial field like LENR. He deftly recreates the uneasiness of researchers as they faced mounting experimental data that they could not explain. Hacking the Atom is impressive for its historical and scientific accuracy, as well as its readability. Krivit strikes a delicate balance between historical recount and devious intrigue, transforming what could have been a dry and technical narrative into something that reads almost like a mystery novel. The result is a deft examination of a complex topic that was a true pleasure to read. Read More
    By M.P., "atom_user," U.S.
  • "This book resolves a major scientific controversy"
    Krivit's book is part explanatory popular science and part technical investigation. It is also a deep-dive into inner workings of human dynamics underlying a scientific paradigm shift al la Thomas Kuhn. LENRS offer great promise as a clean, radiation-free nuclear energy technology that could be suitable for use in commercial applications ranging from small battery-like devices to large power plants. The book begins in early to mid-1990s when LENR researchers at major U.S. universities as well as at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and other academic institutions in Japan were observing seemingly inexplicable arrays of nuclear transmutation products in electrochemical cells. Read More
    - By Collectivist, U.S.
  • "Non-fiction scientific writing at its best - and an amazing story"
    If you're anything like me, there's nothing you like doing more on a Saturday night than curling up with a 500 page book on the new science of low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR). Sounds like a snore, you say? Au contraire, mon frère. "Hacking the Atom" by Steven Krivit is a breezy read, as entertaining as it is educational. "Hacking the Atom" explains why LENR phenomena are actually not due to cold fusion, but rather a whole other set of nuclear processes. Basically this book depicts the development of a new field of science, giving readers a look behind the scenes at the science, the drama, and the personalities involved. Highly recommend for geeks and non-geeks alike. Read More
    By Steve Altes, U.S.

Hacking the Atom: Explorations in Nuclear Research, Vol. 1 by Steven B. Krivit

Steven B. Krivit's Explorations in Nuclear Research three-book series describes the emergence of a new field of science, one that bridges chemistry and physics. The books give readers an understanding of low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research and its history and provide a rare behind-the-scenes look at the players and personalities involved. The books present the results of in-depth historical research and draw on formerly inaccessible archives to describe what occurred in the research that has been mistakenly called "cold fusion."

Hacking the Atom, written for scientists and non-scientists alike, covers the period from 1990 to 2015 and explains how changes to atomic nuclei can occur with low-energy methods. The book reveals the hidden story of how the science initially and erroneously called "cold fusion" continued to progress slowly but incrementally after its near-death in 1989. The book shows that 100 years of chemistry and physics is not wrong but is incomplete and that there is something new and exciting in the physical sciences.

Hacking the Atom:
  • Explains why LENRs may lead to a new form of nuclear energy without harmful radiation.
  • Shows why LENRs are not based on "cold fusion" but are instead based on weak interactions.
  • Gives examples of experimental evidence of isotopic shifts and elemental transmutations that confirm LENRs as real nuclear reactions.
  • Provides an easy-to-follow tutorial on the Widom-Larsen theory, a plausible explanation — which does not violate laws of physics — for the experimental observations.
  • Provides clear explanations for the lack of dangerous radiation from the experiments.
  • Explains the basis for the stigma as well as the root causes for the lack of progress in the field.
  • Provides case studies of surprising behavior by scientists, ranging from zealotry to outright fraud.
  • Does it all in an easy-to-follow chronology and an engaging, page-turning narrative.
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