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Introduction to The Rebirth of Cold Fusion
Copyright 2004 S.B. Krivit

The cold fusion phenomenon was introduced to the world in a press conference in Utah in 1989. This news conference created a media spectacle unlike any newly introduced science had ever seen. Since that time, the words cold fusion have taken hold in the public mind and become synonymous with claims of achieving the impossible, whether in the miraculous or in the fraudulent sense. Cold fusion has gained marketing status as a rock band, a frozen energy bar and computer software. Its popular appeal as the holy grail of energy has even become subject matter for several science fiction movies.

As a global village, we face desperate times. The world needs an alternative energy source to supply our ravenous and dramatically increasing energy consumption. Fifteen years ago, cold fusion presented an ideal solution that offered both clean energy from an abundant source and the end of environmental pollutants. More than ever before, scientists working in this field feel optimistic that this energy will be harvested one day and that the spigots of the fossil fuel age can be slowly turned off.

The science skeptics of 1989 decided that cold fusion was impossible. According to standard nuclear physics theory, they are right. Since the early 1950s, hot fusion scientists and engineers have spent $16 billion on fusion research using massive building-sized systems and standard nuclear theories. The idea that nuclear reactions could occur with a beaker of heavy water, a pinch of salt, two electrodes and a battery seemed quite inconceivable to them. 

Yet some, having contemplated a more open-minded and optimistic view, have labored to reproduce the astonishing claims in their own laboratories. Fifteen years later, a body of experimental evidence from established researchers worldwide has begun to bend bookshelves. Paradoxically, at the same time, U.S. cold fusion laboratories both large and small are grossly neglected and inadequately equipped to investigate this new science more fully. 

As in the early reports 15 years ago, a large body of experiments now demonstrate unexplained levels of heat which surpass the amount of energy used in the experiment. Reports continue to show low levels of tritium and verifiable amounts of helium-4, both products of a nuclear reaction. These were the first hints of a new paradigm of which today's orthodox nuclear scientists are exceedingly skeptical: the transmutation of elements in a science domain other than high-energy physics.

Having evolved, the field of cold fusion now comprises a broad variety of experiments and theories. Many of these may represent not fusion but, more precisely, low energy nuclear reactions, also known as LENR effects. Ardent experimenters have developed numerous techniques to stimulate low energy nuclear reactions, and several theories have emerged, some of which challenge the basic precepts of traditional atomic physics. Scientists and laypeople alike who study cold fusion today still pinch themselves with disbelief, and they wonder how this low energy realm could occur within nature's mysterious atomic world. 

For all these reasons and more, cold fusion presents potential risks and rewards like no other energy source, past or present. Its nature and experimental findings have been grossly misinterpreted, misconstrued and maligned. This book attempts to set the record straight. Several dozen cold fusion scientists have contributed information about their research - so many that we can safely say not only that this is an accurate history and depiction of the field but also that it represents the voice of the cold fusion community. In an endeavor to educate and safely nurture the emergence of this new energy source, The Rebirth of Cold Fusion presents a hopeful and exciting chronicle of astounding facts and events that explore the world of cold fusion.