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infinite energy

Issue 114
March/April 2014
Infinite Energy Magazine

Science Popularization Project Includes Cold Fusion


Serious Science is an online science popularization project aimed to spread scientific ideas. The site notes, “Scientific theories and ideas are sometimes reinterpreted by journalists who can’t avoid mistakes or misunderstanding...[T]he idea of our project is to give scientists themselves an opportunity to speak on things they study.”

Serious Science launched in December 2013. The site is an English version of PostNauka,a Russian site by Ivar Maksutov launched in May 2012. The Serious Science site has 54 published videos, with over 40 more in progress, all of which are interviews with Boston-area scientists and researchers (the Russian site has hundreds more interviews). Topics covered include astronomy, biology, chemistry, linguistics, mathematics, medicine, physics, psychology, economics, technology and the media.

A 13-minute interview on the “Problem of Cold Fusion” with Peter Hagelstein, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT, is currently eleventh on the Serious Science list of top 20 viewed pages. View the interview on their site or on YouTube.

Serious Science poses the questions: “What was the main problem of nuclear physics for the last 25 years? How did the scientific community split into two broad camps?”

Hagelstein focuses on cold fusion as an example. He says, in part: “Pretty much the only time we learn new physics is when we get a result that doesn’t agree with existing physics. Our existing physics these days is pretty robust. We know how things work. It’s been tested. We’re in a position where we should welcome tests of our existing physics. In that light, we actually should be very interested in these experiments. We should be interested because we have experimental results which by now have been confirmed a great number of times. We learn about nature from doing experiments. So, here are our experimental results. Can we, should we, pay attention to them? Follow them up, see where they lead? Or should we adopt a position that says, ‘No, you cannot do these experiments, you cannot publish these experiments, you cannot analyze these experiments because they conflict with existing science.’? In my view, I think we should welcome an anomalous result because it gives us an opportunity to test our existing science, see how it works and see if it stands up to it...Today, sadly, the experiments in the cold fusion business are not considered to be part of science. And that’s the resolution that we have come to as the scientific community. From my perspective, having been in labs, having seen the results, having talked to experimentalists, having looked at the data, having spent a great deal of time on it, it looks like very much like these experiments are real and need to be taken seriously. If we include the experiments and we include the field as part of science, the field will benefit, science will benefit, ultimately society will benefit if we can understand the magic that’s going on here.”


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