By Thomas E. Stolper
The booklet is neither a biography of turbines nor a historical past of his corporation, BlackLight strength. The ebook attempts to respond to the query, why hasn't their paintings had a friendlier reception? One resolution: the 1989 chilly fusion fiasco, with which turbines’ critics falsely pointed out him after he surfaced within the big apple instances in 1991. one other solution: turbines’ sweeping problem to the theoretical physicists, who magazine editors, scientists, graduate scholars, technology writers, technological know-how managers, enterprise capitalists, the investment enterprises, Congress, and the attentive public alike are nonetheless taught to carry in awe, even supposing astronomy has now proven that their puppy theories can clarify lower than five% of every thing in the market. The booklet is broadly documented if you wish to learn extra approximately any of the subjects pointed out. The book's desk of Contents and Index can be found as a unfastened PDF obtain from the author's own online page at http://homepage.mac.com/tstolper
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Latimer had known someone who had visited Allison and been impressed by his apparatus, so Latimer decided to visit Allison, too. Latimer's colleague at Berkeley, G. N. Lewis, had bet him ten dollars (the equivalent of one or two hundred dollars today) that he wouldn't find anything useful in Allison's work, but Lewis was so impressed by the use that Latimer made of it that Lewis paid up. Latimer stayed with Allison for three weeks. On returning to Berkeley, he set up an Allison apparatus, and discovered tritium with it.
The room was darkened, the prism oriented. and Blondlot read his observations of scintillations from a screen in front of the room. Wood didn't see anything. He realized that he could make a decisive check. In the darkness, Wood removed the prism fi'om Blondlot's apparatus and asked Blondlot to repeat his measurements of the N ray spectrum. Blondlot did. His measurements were exactly the same without the prism as they had been with the prism! The situation was like that of Barnes and Davis a generation later: pure autosuggestion.
Morrison's favorite example of a 19 sensational but spurious result. Douglas Morrison was a distinguished physicist, now deceased, who was at CERN for 38 years (Europe's leading center for highenergy particle physics), and who became one of the most persistent critics of every aspect of cold fusion. He did long and good reviews, from a highly critical viewpoint, of the international conferences on cold fusion (lCCFs), which he attended, and that have been held every 18 months or so since ICCF-I in Salt Lake 20 City, Utah, at the end of March 1990.