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Cold Fusion to E-Cat: From Pathological Science to … Worse

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It is hard to believe three decades have passed. This March will be the thirtieth anniversary of cold fusion. In case you think that debacle—that icon of pathological science—is all in the past, think again. Two articles in this issue provide scientific perspective and report on a new related device. In “Cold Fusion: Thirty Years Later” chemistry professor David W. Ball (Cleveland State University) reviews what happened with cold fusion, what resulted, and how the entire series of events is viewed today. Was cold fusion a case of what is wrong or of what is right in science? Both, Ball concludes, but he says the balance is toward the latter: “Scientists ended up doing what scientists do: they tried to understand and replicate the work, and when not able to do so, said so and even criticized the original results. In the end science worked.”

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