This is based on work done under the auspices of the Electric Power Research
Institute (EPRI) and written by a researcher from Rockwell International.
The latter institution gets a fair amount of mention, as a result. The book is
written in the style of a dialogue between YS, a young, sometimes brash and
mostly tough and skeptical but very well informed Scientist, with OM, the older
and more thoughtful metallurgist; a device taken from the well known book by
Hume-Rothery. It works quite well, allowing issues to be looked at from several
sides. The book is reasonable in tone and definite conclusions are left to the
reader to draw. One of the book's strengths is the emphasis on artifacts - both
those that lead to apparent evidence for "cold fusion", and those that tend to
suppress such evidence. A wide range of technical problems is gone through
in remarkable detail. There are also reprints of some valuable lab reports that
are otherwise difficult to access.