Fusion Fiasco

The Definitive Historical Account of "Cold Fusion"

  • "Very Interesting and a Winner in Many Ways"
    Fusion Fiasco uses clear and straightforward language to bring to light a complex and important but mostly misunderstood event in science history and its detrimental legacy.The book does great service to the field of alternate energy, by replacing gossip and assumption with fact and history. It makes it possible to restore LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reactions) to the list of potential alternate-energy candidates. Now enlightened by the technical aspects of the author's book, Hacking The Atom and freed from the popular prejudice against "cold fusion," I very much think that LENR is an alternate energy candidate that should be much more vigorously pursued. Buy the Book
    Patrick N. Keller, Ridgecrest, CA
  • "A blow-by-blow account of what happened"
    This book gives a blow-by-blow account of what happened behind the scenes before and after the announcement of "cold fusion" by Pons and Fleischmann. It was a battle between established science and new results, between theoreticians and experimentalists, with millions of dollars of research grants at stake. The author describes how the established scientists and theoreticians successfully denigrated the new results, secured their funding, and set back scientific advancement by decades. The book provides further evidence that science has degenerated from a search for knowledge and truth into a search for funding. Everyone involved in scientific research should read it. Buy the Book
    David M. Drury, Ph.D., Wisconsin
  • "A new view of the controversial incident by Fleischmann and Pons in 1989"
    Fusion Fiasco shows us with exquisite detail and language that avoids, as far as possible, the technicalities, occurring around the work presented to the public in 1989 by the scientists Fleischmann and Pons. Intrigues, professional competitiveness, economic interests — everything that led to what seemed to be the greatest scientific discovery since the control of fire, to the most absolute of failures. Krivit uses a journalistic style to tell that story, including unpublished information, which makes this book a reference in the scientific literature for the general public. Read More
    By Lorenzo Garcia, Spain
  • "An amazing story and enlightening book"
    In March 1989, I was a documentary film producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. I never knew the end of the story – until Krivit wrote it. Krivit's investigation confirms that the behavior of the scientists whom the Department of Energy asked to provide an objective review was unprofessional and dishonorable. I always suspected as much, but Krivit's research told me all kinds of things I never had a chance to verify in the frenzy of the times. In fact, it was worse than I thought. I am so happy see that that Krivit stuck with this amazing story. He certainly pulled no punches, which I'm glad to see. It is an enlightening book. Buy the Book
    Jerry Thompson, Canada
  • "I recommend this book"
    Fusion Fiasco fills in many gaps in the history of what took place beyond the TV and newspaper headlines coverage of the LENR effort of 1989, and subsequently. Krivit does history and his readership a great service by not accepting contempornaeous newspaper accounts of what took place during tense scientific society meetings as “gospel,” and actually demonstrates the mastery (of a motivated scholar seeking the facts) of going back to original videotape or audio recordings to get the accurate rendition(s) of what actually took place, and what was said, and by whom. Read more
    P.J.P., U.S.

Fusion Fiasco: Explorations in Nuclear Research, Vol. 2 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."

Fusion Fiasco, written for scientists and non-scientists alike, covers the period from 1989 to 1990 and tells the most accurate and complete story of the 1989 to 1990 "cold fusion" conflict. Relying heavily on archival records, the book documents one of the most divisive scientific controversies in recent history. The book explains why credible experimental LENR research emerged from the erroneous idea of room-temperature fusion, as claimed by Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons at the University of Utah.

Fusion Fiasco:
  • Presents the first look behind the scenes at what actually occurred in the 1989 Department of Energy "Cold Fusion" review.
  • Reveals details of a little-known but crucial scientific workshop that took place at the National Science Foundation headquarters in 1989.
  • Describes, for the first time, Edward Teller's prescient insight about these reactions, based on what he learned at that NSF workshop.
  • Shows evidence of confirmations of neutrons, tritium, and excess heat from around the world within months of the Fleischmann-Pons announcement.
  • Reveals that Nathan Lewis, credited with debunking Fleischmann and Pons' excess-heat measurements, never published a scientific paper with that critique.
  • Provides evidence, courtesy of Frank Close at Oxford University, that shed new light on the accusations that Fleischmann and Pons had manipulated a gamma-ray graph.
  • Clarifies facts regarding the accusations that Steven Jones, at Brigham Young University, had pirated Fleischmann and Pons' ideas.
  • Clarifies facts regarding the accusations that Pons' graduate student, Marvin Hawkins, had stolen Fleischmann and Pons' lab books.
  • Reveals the origin of the erroneous idea that "room-temperature fusion" produces helium-4 as its dominant product.
  • Reveals how scientists with vested interests in prevailing scientific ideas used their influence to deny and hold back the new science.
  • Reveals the key behind-the-scenes roles that physicist Richard Garwin played in the "cold fusion" conflict.
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