Cold Fusion: Illusion or Reality, by Angelo Basile
Reviewed by Dieter Britz

A slim volume, roughly contemporary with that of Germano, this one outlining in an even-handed way (and sober tone) the story of cold fusion, especially the role played by Italian scientists. The main section on CNF itself is on pp. 59-128, the rest is introduction to general energy issues, fission, hot fusion and muon catalysed cold fusion. There is some focus on science-sociological factors. Kuhn, Popper, Wolpert, Archimedes, Galilei, Newton, Maxwell and Einstein are brought in. The new has always assimilated the old. But is cold fusion science? The author does not decide.