Wired Magazine's Exposé
of the Cold Fusion Scandal
Posted December 1, 1998
by Eugene F. Mallove
Magazine, the funky, colorful, high-tech journal of the digital
age, took a giant leap forward for truth in science journalism with
its latest issue. Charles Platt's 18-page expose' feature article
in the November 1998 Wired, "Dirty
Science: The Strange Rebirth of Cold Fusion" makes it abundantly
clear that the world very likely is facing an energy and scientific
revolution of unprecedented scale. The article is cited on the cover
of the magazine. The circulation of Wired, we understand exceeds
500,000, with a monthly print run of some 700,000.
Infinite Energy magazine initiated Platt's
interest in the subject, as he recounts. He writes: "Today.
a handful of laboratories still pursue cold fusion, but their work
remains largely ignored. I knew nothing about it myself until Eugene
Mallove, the former science writer from MIT, sent me a copy of a
book he had written titled, Fire from Ice, which provided
an excellent factual summary."
Platt also identifies one of the key problems for
cold fusion, which is not the lack of results or significant publication,
but the refusal of key opinion-molding science journals to publish
scientific papers with rock-solid findings that are at odds with
supposedly bullet-proof theories of modern physics and chemistry.
Platt faults science journalist Gary Taubes, who assaulted
the reputations of scientists at Texas A&M University in 1990,
and later in his negative book, with what quickly proved to be totally
false allegations of fraud. Platt discusses the work of scientists
at Los Alamos National Laboratory and elsewhere that refute the
allegations. When asked, Platt told Infinite Energy magazine
that Taubes did not want his comments to Platt to be published --
so they weren't. Professor John O'M. Bockris's comments and those
of Nigel Packham, the aggrieved parties, were.
Infinite Energy Magazine is proud to have contributed
to the one of the best single journalistic accounts on the cold
fusion scandal since the famous Fleischmann and Pons press conference
at the University of Utah on March 23, 1989. Infinite Energy
encouraged Charles Platt to explore cold fusion and draw his own
conclusions, and he did. Platt writes: "At most, the story
of cold fusion represents a colossal conspiracy of denial. At least,
it is one of the strangest untold stories in 20th century science."
Of course, Infinite Energy magazine agrees with the first
possibility, but readers of Platt's seminal investigative report
can decide for themselves.
To investigate the cold fusion scandal, Platt traveled
to cold fusion companies and interviewed some of the hundreds of
scientists who work in this field as heroes unsung by the general
media, such as The New York Times which continues to
act as though cold fusion science and technology do not exist. Platt
attended the Seventh International Conference on Cold Fusion in
Vancouver, British Columbia in April 1998 to see for himself whether
cold fusion evidence is real, or whether hundreds of scientists
are engaged in mass-delusion. It is unfortunate that other science
journalists did not attend ICCF7, preferring as they do to follow
the path of least resistance, which is to say to do nothing.
Perhaps after reading the expose' by Charles Platt, they will have
second thoughts. Just don't hold your breath!
Infinite Energy readers are urged to get
the November 1998 Wired [available for purchase in the online
store], which could become a collector's item. Spread the word:
Cold Fusion is hot, it's wired.
Back in New Hampshire, the always informative New
Hampshire Editions magazine, edited by Rick Broussard, ran a
profile of the Wired article in its "NH Guide to the
Internet & Technology" section. Broussard interviewed Platt,
who said: "Like all marginalized activities, cold fusion contains
a rich mixture of people. If you went into any small subculture
you'd find extremes from total cranks to very smart people with
more imagination than most. Gene [Mallove] chooses to be open to
both extremes. Sometimes a new field of endeavor needs an extremist.
Maybe he's the right extremist for the job...he's done something
which most people would have thought impossible. Starting this magazine
skating on the fringes of science, getting money to run it and a
lab to test ideas. It's a bootstrap operation that's quite impressive
regardless of the results never underestimate the power of