[extropy-chat] Elvis Sightings (was: cold fusion warms up)
thespike at satx.rr.com
Tue Jan 23 00:18:06 UTC 2007
At 05:40 PM 1/22/2007 -0500, John K Clark wrote:
>It's largely forgotten today but soon after their notorious press conference
>Pons and Fleischmann did submit a paper to Nature, and knowing the potential
>importance of it the editors put it on a fast track for publication; and In
>just a few days they received comments from the referees. They wanted more
>data confirming the reaction, but even more important, they wanted
>clarification of the experimental setup. ... Even
>more astonishing, now after nearly 20 years, **they still haven't been able to
>find the time.**
This simply isn't the case. The canonical paper is
Fleischmann, Pons, Anderson, Li and Hawkins, "Calorimetry of the
Palladium-Deuterium-Heavy Water System," J. Electroanalytical
Chemistry, 287, 293, July 25, 1990.
Subsequently, as Beaudette documents at great length, a large number
of working replications have run hotter than predicted by
conventional theory. These technical people have had no trouble
"clarifying the experimental setup" and devising their own variants.
Indeed, by September 1989, an emeritus prof at U. Minnesota, Richard
Oriani, had already submitted a report on successful anomalous power
corroboration to Nature--which was rejected by an editor after
referees had passed the paper. Since then, a lot of confirmatory work
has been published, by no means all of it in marginal periodicals
like Infinite Energy.
Could such a travesty happen? Surely it's impossible in the
sanctified if sooty halls of science? Think Nobelist
chemist/physicist Arrhenius--he'd barely scraped through his
doctorate at the lowest grade, his ideas detested by the academy of the day.
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