The Coulomb energy associated with repulsion is then of the order of MeV. Ever since 1989, in fact, the whole subject has been largely off-limits in mainstream scientific circles. _Currently_ there is no theory that explains how to do fusion without massive amounts of heat, ergo cold fusion IS (currently) theoretically impossible. Fleischmann and Pons in 1989. There were two reports (in 2013 and 2014) on tests of Rossi’s device by teams of Swedish and Italian physicists whose scientific credentials are not in doubt, and who had access to one of his devices for extended periods (a month for the second test). Again, there’s a sociological explanation why few people are willing to look at the evidence. Sociology is one thing, but rational explanation another. The email address/es you provide will be transferred to our external marketing automation service ‘MailChimp’ for processing in accordance with their. The most notorious claims of this are those made by The film – a comedy – concerned conmen trying to steal scientists' purported findings. (So has every other physicist I’ve asked about it since.) But several independent enquiries about LENR within a matter of weeks convinced him that there was something worth investigating: He reports that things have been going very well. 261, Never a good idea. My friend would pay if Rossi turned out to have something genuine, and I would pay if the neutrinos came up trumps. The Roses of Heliogabalus (1888) by Lawrence Alma-Tadema. 1. If LENR were an ordinary piece of science (or proposed science), the challenge posed by Rossi and others would promise fascinating spectator sport for philosophers and historians of science – a Kuhnian revolution waiting to happen, perhaps, with threats to the stability of the reputation trap now clearly in view. But fear not, cold fusion fans, because there exists a slew of confirmed replications of the Fleischmann and Pons (P&E) effect throughout the 90’s and early 2000s that fly in the face of the scientific community, proving that scientists are good at two things: doing the impossible… Put this way, it is easy to see an argument that we’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot. But this is compatible with the claim that they can be harmful in special cases (of which cold fusion might be one) – and that we could do better if we were better at identifying those cases in advance. There’s no known way to get useful access to it at low temperatures. Without CF, people will keep burning carbon-base fuels and using uranium until either the byproducts destroy the environment or these energy sources become too expensive because of their increased rarity. Cold fusion, means doing this in a controlled, consistent way on a small scale, like a power plant, as opposed to something like a bomb. The “cold fusion” hypothesis, launched in 1989 by Stanley Pons and Martin Fleisch­mann—two electrochemists who detected excess heat when exposing deuterium to a palladium catalyst—was at that time rapidly debunked by the established physics community, who could not find any of the typical traces of nuclear fusion in the Pons and Fleischmann setup. I’m not sure, but I think it is important to put the question on the table. This Email Newsletter Privacy Statement may change from time to time and was last revised 18 May, 2020. Rossi, however, has been going from strength to strength. Another prominent example is Robert Godes, of the California-based Brillouin Energy. Reputation traps have a useful purpose in the Kuhnian picture. are in contrast on the order of meV. People inside the trap are already regarded as disreputable, an attitude that trumps any efforts that they might make to argue their way out, by reason and evidence. If we refuse to acknowledge the possibility that existing scientific institutions are not working as well as they might, we do something to reinforce it. Either way, his attitude displays the kind of cautious open-mindedness that has been so lacking in reactions to the field for most of its history. ), Darden’s attitude displays the cautious open-mindedness that has been lacking in reactions to the field for most of its history. That would be huge news. If you do think that – at least, if you think it without having studied the evidence for yourself – then your reaction is a symptom of the reputation trap. However, the film had a poor reception, described as "appallingly unfunny". We have taken reasonable measures to protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse or unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. Rossi is not even the only person claiming commercially relevant results from LENR. So we agreed to bet a dinner on the issue. Become a Friend of Aeon to save articles and enjoy other exclusive benefits, Aeon email newsletters are issued by the not-for-profit, registered charity Aeon Media Group Ltd (Australian Business Number 80 612 076 614). Never a good idea. (The second report also claimed isotopic shifts in the composition of the fuel.) A couple of engineers thought that they had found a way 25 years ago, but they couldn’t make it work reliably, and the profession turned against them. It simply requires a Darden describes how he came to invest in LENR. By clicking ‘subscribe’ you agree to the following: You can change your mind at any time by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ link in the footer of emails you receive from us, or by contacting us at support@aeon.co, If you want to review and correct the personal information we have about you, you can click on ‘update preferences’ in the footer of emails you receive from us, or by contacting us at support@aeon.co. In fact some seemed over 70, and I realized why: The younger ones had bailed years ago, fearing career damage from the cold fusion stigma. Instead of needing to reach temperatures of millions of degrees, cold fusion -- recently rebranded as LENR (Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions) -- is the idea that these fusion reactions can … Meanwhile, a handful of leading theoretical physicists rejected the notion that cold fusion is physically impossible. Yet, the problem with this I suspect there are some in the area of emerging extreme risks, another field in which I have some interest. fusion reactions with the largest cross sections for It’s like saying “God” is impossible, without having a clear idea of what “God” is. (Energy Catalyser). Of interesting note is Andrea Rossi and his cold fusion energy generator. A few other physicists, including the late Sergio Focardi at Bologna, claimed similar effects with nickel and ordinary hydrogen. The three reasons above are known as the "three (Rossi’s own background is not in these laboratories, but he acknowledges that his methods owe much to those who are, or were – especially to the late Sergio Focardi, one of the pioneers of the field.) Courtesy the Wellcome Collection, Hedonism at the court of kings. There are credible reports that a 1MW version of his device, producing many times the energy that it consumes, has been on trial in an industrial plant in North Carolina for months, with good results so far. You may request a copy of the personal information we hold about you by submitting a written request to support@aeon.co We may only implement requests with respect to the personal information associated with the particular email address you use to send us the request. The concept that cold fusion was impossible was always seriously defective. A few years ago, a physicist friend of mine made a joke on Facebook about the laws of physics being broken in Italy. The other concerned Andrea Rossi, an engineer from Bologna, who claimed to have a cold fusion reactor producing commercially useful amounts of heat. I’m a philosopher of science, and my brain has been finding it engrossing, too. But until that day comes, the default assumption is that anyone who’s claiming to have cold fusion is some combination of either unethical or incompetent. People outside the trap won’t go near it, for fear of falling in. The problem with cold fusion is not that it is theoretically impossible, but that it has not been demonstrated consistently in experiments. ‘Pleasant is it to behold great encounters of warfare arrayed over the plains, with no part of yours in the peril,’ as Lucretius put it. with attribution to the author, for noncommercial purposes only. Atomic nuclei are positively charged and therefore repel each other. have enough kinetic energy to overcome Coulomb energy barriers and ‘If there is something scientists fear, it is to become like pariahs,’ as Lundin puts it. That is why physicists were so surprised when two chemists, Fleischmann and Pons (F&P), announced the discovery of cold fusion, presumably similar to hot fusion but taking place at room temperature. [1] Today, cold fusion is considered as a control of hot plasma at high enough temperatures such that light nuclei If Rossi and Godes et al are actually on to something, then the field is going to be mainstream soon anyway. meager 3%. Mainstream research into nuclear fusion as a In 1989, Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons reported that their apparatus could produce anomalous heat by fusing neutrons at room temperature. It is a rejection of Vague. Until quite recently, he says, he shared the conventional view that ‘the subject was dead’. fusion", the conjectured realization of fusion at temperatures close to Experiments such as those of Fleischmann and Pons claim to measure heat To anyone willing to listen, the community will say that they have amassed a great deal of evidence of excess heat, not explicable in chemical terms, and of various markers of nuclear processes. is that a real result should be reproducible. But if the potential news is this big, why haven’t most of you heard about Rossi, or Godes, or any of the other people who have been working in the area (for many years, in some cases)? Theoretically cold fusion is impossible according to the principles of Quantum Mechanics, the reason why the physicists refuse to accept the occurrence of the phenomenon. Also, it should be done with fairly simple equipment, another thing that a particle accelerator isn't. other rights, including commercial rights, are reserved to the Once again, it was the reputation trap at work. understanding of nuclear physics. In the processes a lot of energy is released. His most recent book is Expressivism, Pragmatism and Representationalism (2013). The neutrinos were scratched from the race, when it became apparent that someone on OPERA’s team of respectable scientists had failed to tighten an optical lead correctly. We all have skin in the game, and parts, indeed a planet, quite seriously in peril. these problems is to argue that just because we cannot understand Superluminal neutrinos would overturn a fundamental tenet of relativity, but all Rossi needed was a previously unnoticed channel to a reservoir of energy whose existence is not in doubt. The author warrants that the alternative energy source is focused on hot fusion - the containment and While it is fair to say that the jury is still out, there has been a lot of good news for my hopes of a free dinner in the past couple of years. In this case, the author of the article is blithely reproducing the orthodox view, even in the lead-in to his interview with Darden – who tells him a completely different story, and has certainly put his money where his mouth is. We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. Currently, the what can be accounted for by chemical reactions, when electrolysis of Why were these claims so improbable? Photo courtesy NASA, Physiognomies of Russian criminals from The Delinquent Woman (1893) by Cesare Lombroso. It is very hard to extract from this history any satisfactory justification for ignoring recent work on LENR. It is probably impossible to prove that 'cold fusion' is nothing more than the result of misinterpreted experimental errors, but the probability of it being otherwise is low. We should certainly be very cautious about such surprising claims, unless and until we amass a great deal of evidence. Even proponents of cold fusion admit this is a I … All heavy water is performed using a palladium cathode. deuterium are [2]: If fusion does occur, then by the second (Indeed, as my physicist friend rightly points out, it might be disastrous in the case of LENR itself, if it turns out to generate its own extreme risks. This Email Newsletter Privacy Statement pertains to the personally identifying information you voluntarily submit in the form of your email address to receive our email newsletters. But this would make a nonsense of the fuss over the failure to reproduce Fleischmann and Pons’ findings. So, as a matter of sociology, it is easy to see why Rossi gets little serious attention; why an interview with Darden associates him with scientific chicanery; and why, I hope, some of you are having doubts about me for writing on the subject in a way that indicates that I am prepared to consider it seriously. Outsiders might be surprised to learn how well-populated the trap actually is, in the case of cold fusion and LENR. Both reports claimed levels of excess heat far beyond anything explicable in chemical terms, in the testers’ view. is Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy and a fellow of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. Cold fusion is tainted, and the taint is contagious – anyone seen to take it seriously risks contamination. So far, cold fusion was a myth. reproducibility rate of such solid state cold fusion experiments is at a The following facts play an important role in the evaluation of cold nuclear fusion. ZenoArrow on Dec 23, 2015 [-] > "_Currently_ there is no theory that explains how to do fusion without massive amounts of heat, ergo cold fusion IS (currently) theoretically impossible." We can fuse two particles together in particle accelerators, but that is hardly normal . schematic of the experimental setup is shown in Fig. I … But we could try to learn from our mistakes. "Why Don't We Have" is a PopMech series that seeks to quickly explain just why some of the technologies promised by science fiction have yet to become fact. experiments claiming to observe cold fusion. If the field is indeed in the process of digging itself out of the reputation trap, then Darden deserves much of the credit. 1. The field never entirely went away, nor vanished from the laboratories of respected institutions. If (Another investor, the UK-based Woodford Funds, reports that it conducted ‘a rigorous due-diligence process that has taken two and half years’.). The energetics - for two deuterium nuclei Indeed, the long running reluctance to accept cold fusion in the face of mounting evidence is unique to modern science, which has delayed accepting many new ideas, but never with as much determination. The concept that cold fusion was impossible was always seriously defective. What if the failure to replicate wasn’t crucial after all? temperatures. It was Lockheed Martin. They help to maintain the stability important to what Kuhn called normal science – the ordinary, useful kind of science when paradigms are not under threat. We’d split the bill if, as then seemed highly likely, both claims turned out to be false. Recently an aircraft company, it was McDonnell Douglas, claimed that they’d be able to make cold fusion happen at room temperature. 301 (1989). We know that there’s an abundant supply of clean, cheap water, trapped behind the dam. presence of a solid state host, oftentimes palladium metal, in which attractive, based on all of what we know about nuclear physics, it is There is also no evidence for gamma rays in But – so far as I knew – there was no ‘watertight’ argument that such methods were impossible. thousand degrees or so is practically impossible, due to mutual electric repulsion of atomic nuclei. But there’s more, much more. miracle for the Coulomb barrier to breached at room Nuclear energy is \"hot\" fusion and an example is the power of the sun. The borders of dominant paradigms are often protected by reputation traps, which deter all but the most reckless or brilliant critics. The problem with cold fusion is not that it is theoretically impossible, but that it has not been demonstrated consistently in experiments. Cold fusion is dismissed as pseudoscience, the kind of thing that respectable scientists and science journalists simply don’t talk about (unless to remind us of its disgrace). The nuclear physics and solid state physics, both based on quantum mechanics, are well-developed theories of physics. If LENR does develop in the direction I now think likely, we might be able to salvage something useful from mistakes in this case. As a recent Fortune piece puts it, the Fleischmann and Pons experiment ‘was eventually debunked and since then the term cold fusion has become almost synonymous with scientific chicanery’. The opinions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TWCF. Less noted is research into so-called "cold energy released should be in the form of gamma rays rather If I’m right, then in a more rational world, we would fix our scientific norms to escape it. I want to explain why I take it to reflect a pathology in our present version of the scientific method. Why Cold Fusion should be impossible. That makes no sense at all. Would it be possible to avoid these counterproductive cases of the reputation trap without erring too far in the other direction – without opening the floodgates, so to speak? Some, including a team at one of Italy’s leading research centres, say that they have many replications of the Fleischmann and Pons results. Today: fusion power. We could take our seats on the sidelines and wait to see whether walls fall – whether distinguished skeptics end up with egg on their faces. Again, the explanation for ignoring these claims cannot be that other attempts failed 25 years ago. (If so, hold that attitude. The "man" tells us that cold fusion is unlikely or impossible so cold fusion must be valid and must be suppressed to make the "man" more rich and more powerful. [2] M. Fleischmann et al., "Calorimetry of the Would you really fear death if you had the idea to change the lives of 7 billion people? effects caused by the solid state host. (As Godes said recently: ‘It is sad that such people say that science should be driven by data and results, but at the same time refuse to look at the actual results.’). None of us, not even philosophers, are mere spectators in this case. From the Perez-Simon Collection/Wikipedia, . "Cold fusion has no merit," said Steven B. Krivit , publisher and senior editor, of the New Energy Times, who has covered LENR research for nearly a decade and authored books on the subject. [2] They therefore A First and most important, the claim was not easy to replicate. Favorite Answer In order to trigger fusion the nuclei need to approach very close which means they need very high kinetic energy. The ethical, incompetent person will … Also, it should be done with fairly simple equipment, another thing that a particle accelerator isn't. This is not to deny that there is truth in the principle popularised by Carl Sagan, that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Apollo 11 flight crew in biological isolation garments shortly after splashdown and about to be picked up and transferred to the USS Hornet in July 1969. He had two pieces of news in mind. But most were highly skeptical, and the field subsequently gained, as Wikipedia puts it, ‘a reputation as pathological science’. Twenty years ago the process of cold fusion was heralded as the future of creating electrical power. cold fusion cannot be true. originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people … The energetics - for two deuterium nuclei to fuse, they must come within nuclear distances of each other. I favoured Rossi, on grounds of the physics. In a more rational world, you wouldn’t think I’m flaky. 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Most recently, Lundin and Lidgren reported that they had submitted their paper to the journal Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, but that the editors declined to have it reviewed; and that even the non-reviewed preprint archive, arxiv.org, refused to accept it. Authors who do put their head above the parapet are ignored or rebuked. So the subject is stuck in a place that is largely inaccessible to reason – a reputation trap, we might call it. When you receive the information, if you think any of it is wrong or out of date, you can ask us to change or delete it for you. It soon became clear that I wasn’t going to lose. We will use the email address you provide to send you daily and/or weekly emails (depending on your selection). Not “room temperature,” this is a hot fusion project. But there may be a huge cost to a false negative. It simply requires a miracle for the Coulomb barrier to breached at room temperatures. We will try and respond to your request as soon as reasonably practical. That’s how the trap works. other than typesetting and referencing guidelines. But this is not a good reason for ignoring such evidence in the first place, or refusing to contemplate the possibility that it might exist. Cold fusion is basically just nuclear reactions at reasonably normal temperatures and pressures. We are like a thirsty town, desperate for a new water supply. We can fuse two particles together in particle accelerators, but that is hardly normal . Atomic nuclei are positively charged and therefore repel each other. It is a rejection of Vague. We know that the energy is in there, after all. The nuclear physics and solid state physics, both based on quantum mechanics, are well-developed theories of physics. Even proponents of cold fusion admit this is a difficult aspect to explain and resort to ref… miracles" that are required to happen in order to explain the early Italian cold-fusion proponents have made the claim since the 1990s, including Andrea Rossi, the colorful inventor of the E-Cat, a device that Rossi claims is a LENR reactor. As I said at the beginning, what physicists actually say (in my experience) is that although LENR is highly unlikely, we cannot say that it is impossible. The author grants [1], Lack of gamma rays produced - The final A 1990 Michael Winner film Bullseye!, starring Michael Caine and Roger Moore, referenced the Fleischmann and Pons experiment. of the order of 10 W per cubic centimeter of palladium, far exceeding 287, 293 (1990). We know that huge amounts of energy are locked up in metastable nuclear configurations, trapped like water behind a dam. I suspect it’s too late to dismantle the trap for LENR – the horse might already be in the process of bolting. Cold fusion is tainted, and the taint is contagious – anyone seen to take it seriously risks contamination. the reasons why cold fusion is unlikely to be possible based on an reason also pertains to the products of the reaction. No physical or electronic security system is impenetrable however and you should take your own precautions to protect the security of any personally identifiable information you transmit. Theoretically cold fusion is impossible according to the principles of Quantum Mechanics, the reason why the physicists refuse to accept the occurrence of the phenomenon. It’s like saying “God” is impossible, without having a clear idea of what “God” is. No doubt one could find some physicists who would claim it was impossible. Cold fusion, or low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR), is potentially an inexhaustible source of clean energy. We cannot guarantee that the personal information you supply will not be intercepted while transmitted to us or our marketing automation service Mailchimp. work is the author's own and that Stanford University provided no input undergo nuclear fusion. What we should have done instead is to have engineered the exact opposite of a reputation trap – perhaps an X Prize-like reward for the first reliable replication of the Fleischmann and Pons results, above some commercial bar. Kinetic energy equates to temperature ((1/2) mv^2 = … After all, the standard line is that the rejection of cold fusion in 1989 turned on the failure to replicate the claims of Fleischmann and Pons. Here, we outline three reasons for why reports of Fifty years ago, Thomas Kuhn taught us that this is the usual way for science to deal with paradigm-threatening anomalies. The only way to get past Cold fusion is basically just nuclear reactions at reasonably normal temperatures and pressures. But he still put more weight on the sociological factors – reputation, as it were. This attitude could be disastrous in other cases, if the ideas stuck in the trap happened to be the key to addressing some potentially catastrophic risk. This alone would be enough to explain why I’ve been finding Rossi’s apparent progress so stimulating. Since then, there’s been a big reputation cost to any engineer who takes up the issue. As I say, I don’t claim that this evidence is conclusive, even collectively. The most obvious objection has to do with temperature. In a case like this, there is very little cost to a false positive. I’ll close with some words from Darden, from a speech at ICCF-19, the international meeting of the LENR community held in Padua, Italy this April. Well Fabrice, if cold fusion is not the solution, future civilizations are in deep trouble. deuterium nuclei were to fuse, it is expected that most of the author. 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