The Guardian Publishes Fleischmann Obituary by Brian Josephson

The Guardian newspaper has published an obituary of Martin Fleischmann written by Nobel prize winning physicist and public supporter of cold fusion technology, Brian Josephson. In addition to outlining the life and work of Fleischmann Josephson also attempts to explain some of the controversy surrounding his cold fusion claims.

He tells the story of how in early experimentation with hydrogen and palladium:

returning to the laboratory after one weekend, when the apparatus had been turned off, the pair found that so much heat had been produced that a large hole had been melted into the bench and concrete floor.

Josephson also explains that while some attempts at replication were unsuccessful, others, such as those done by Michael McKubre of SRI International, and at Los Alamos National laboratory did succeed.

The Guardian is one of the world’s most widely read newspapers with an online presence that takes its influence far beyond the United Kingdom where it is published, and a fair and positive article Martin Fleischmann’s work with cold fusion could spur some new interest in the topic.

Josephson concludes by saying that due to recent research cold fusion is now showing signs of being a promising source of practical energy: ‘It may well transpire that, in the words of one cold fusion entrepreneur: “The market will decide.”‘

If you don’t know who he is quoting, watch this video.

  • alexvs

    This is the real LENR effect. The question about calling it CF or otherwise is irrelevant. The reactions expected and confirmed at hot fusion tentatives, i.e. 1H+1H->1D, D+D->2He, 1H+1D->1T do not (or not only) take place in F&P experiments. Other nuclear phenomena happen under unknown trigger or environemental conditions.
    It is a pity that the holes in experimental bench and floor in F&P laboratory as well as thorough measurements and analysis of matter surrounding the holes were not documented.

  • Filip47

    Other newspapers worldwide will pick this up. For sure.

    • GreenWin

      In the future, a science AND art contest would be even more exciting. Who can create an art project that introduces a leading edge scientific query? Make it accessible to the layman and the science community simultaneously.

      That would be fun. And effective schooling.

      • georgehants

        GreenWin, science and art, sacrilege, science only knows that anything beyond a steam engine is called magic and Dogma dictates it cannot exist.
        Art is nothing to do with science regardless of Penrose tiles and a million other clear connections.
        Science is at the moment being amazed by the realisation that animals have consciousness, something the entire population of the Earth has known for probably millions of years.
        They will probably give prizes for the great work done to tell us something that only totally incompetent science could possibly have ignored and denied for so long.

  • Tony76

    Of particular interest to georgehants:

    Scientific American Contest for Fringe Scientists

    “The goals of the Foundational Questions Essay Contest (the “Contest”) are to:

    – Encourage and support rigorous, innovative, and influential thinking about foundational questions in physics and cosmology;

    – Identify and reward top thinkers in foundational questions; and,
    – Provide an arena for discussion and exchange of ideas regarding foundational questions.”

    http://fqxi.org/community/essay

    • GreenWin

      NOTE: deadline for this contest has passed. Too bad it wasn’t suggested earlier.