Fusion: Some Like It Hot
Abstract — Fusion research is the longest, most expensive, most scrutinized failure of physics or of any sort of science. Why is the war on cancer, or research on consciousness, gravity waves, etc. and fusion such a disaster? We shall cover the subject from seven different angles, by seven authors through the eyes of outsiders, insiders, optimists and pessimists. What we see is the common root of all blunders, let it be politics, high finance, or military missions.
We shall see ample examples of plain lies, over and underestimations, hubris, stupidity by committees, and endless strings of cover ups. As for fusion, it is obvious: physicists don’t read patents, are not interested in mother nature’s inventions like biological transmutation. If they ever listen to internal dissent, it is only to suppress criticism. If it comes from the outside, it is simply ignored. All in all, science as an institution collapsed in its real meaning.
When will the general public realize that the emperor is naked? When will the community of physicists realize that thermonuclear controlled fusion is a dead end but other “tabletop” forms are possible? Will they ever realize that apart from the D-T reaction there are a number of other possible fusions/transmutations? There is hardly any open debate on these issues, though our future as a civilization depends on it. At such crossroads, science as an institution always failed. This institution failed to recognize airplanes, transistors and magnetic monopoles, ether in the early 1920s, antibiotics in the 1880s, longitudinal radio waves in 1890, etc. These lessons of history are forgotten like all previous ones. We shall keep on repeating them, till the last drop of oil...
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