- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Pacific Oak Press (Sept. 1 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780996886451
- ISBN-13: 978-0996886451
- ASIN: 0996886451
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Hacking the Atom: Explorations in Nuclear Research Paperback – Sep 1 2016
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About the Author
Steven B. Krivit is an author, investigative science journalist and international speaker who specializes in low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research. He is the leading author of review articles and encyclopedia chapters about LENRs, including invited papers for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Elsevier and John Wiley & Sons. He was an editor for the American Chemical Society 2008 and 2009 technical reference books on LENRs and editor-in-chief for the 2011 Wiley Nuclear Energy Encyclopedia.
He is the founder of the New Energy Times Web site and online news service and has lectured nationally and internationally. He has advised the U.S. intelligence community, the U.S. Library of Congress, members of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission and the interim executive director of the American Nuclear Society.
Krivit has been cited as a subject matter expert in LENRs, in the U.S. and internationally, by Nature, the New York Times, Wired-UK, Chemical & Engineering News, Discovery, Forbes, Popular Mechanics, and has appeared on television and radio.
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A must read for anyone working in this and related fields - and for those interested - easy for the layperson and a great read couldn't put it down.
Great work Steven!!
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Nuclear fusion is the force which powers the sun and the hydrogen bomb.
For decades universities, governments and other institutions have spent billions of dollars attempting to build machines (e.g., "tokamaks") which could create the appropriate heat and pressure in a controlled fashion. If they could succeed, there would be incredibly cheap and endless power available to the world. Unlike existing nuclear fission power plants, there would be no radioactive waste.
Unfortunately, none of these efforts have yet succeeded.
In 1989 two respected chemistry scientists, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischman, held a news conference to announce that they had achieved nuclear fusion in a small tabletop experiment at room temperature.
The news rocketed around the world. At first the reaction was ecstatic. We were on the verge of an inexpensive energy revolution that would change the world.
However, as the weeks went by and other scientists attempted to replicate the results of Pons and Fleischmanns experiment, and most of them failed, ecstasy turned to anger. Pons and Fleischman's reputations were destroyed. They were forced out of their academic positions and “cold fusion“ acquired a reputation as junk science.
However, a small number of scientists around the world continued experimenting. And eventually some of them succeeded, some of the time.
Results included: transmutation of elements into other elements; greater energy output than was input; and within elements unnatural proportions of isotopes. Inarguably nuclear processes were occuring.
But there were two problems. The first was scientific; the results still were not reliably replicable, and nobody knew why. The second was human: a huge rift opened between those who believed that the nuclear process was cold fusion and those who asserted that it was something else. The arguments became incredibly personal. This, added to the already bad reputation of "cold fusion" among most scientists, limited the funding of research, to put it mildly.
Those who performed this research were risking their careers. "Hacking The Atom" is their story, in full detail.
The author is an alternative energy/physics journalist. He gives a clear, understandable account. If you have a background in physics, that will help, but it isn't absolutely necessary (you may have to look up a few terms in the thoughtfully provided Glossary).
There is still a lot of controversy in this field, and the author has a definite point of view, but he carefully supports his opinions with facts and thir sources.
I have no connection with the author or anyone mentioned in the book.
Lawrence M. Glazer
This book also hit a personal note for me. Krivit wrote about a number of the researchers applying for patents. In the 1990’s, as part of my job as a document classification reviewer, I spent time at the US Patent and Trademark Office, reviewing patent applications that were in nuclear areas to determine if they needed to be held under a secrecy order. (I have a degree in Nuclear Engineering and worked for one of the Federal agencies.) I reviewed a number of patent applications that were for so-called "cold fusion" processes and this brought back memories for me.
A theory called the Widom Larsen Process seems to explain the energy from nuclear transformations.
difficulty facing any challenge to the existing paradigms of "establishment" science. Highly recommended.