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The San Francisco Tesla Society
Presents a free lecture byMichael McKubre, Ph.D.
"Solid State Nuclear Effects
in the Deuterium/Palladium System"
On March 23, 1989 Martin Fleischmann and Stan Pons made an announcement that astounded the world regarding possible "cold fusion" reactions resulting from their experimental electrochemical insertion of deuterium into palladium cathodes. Their controversial and hard to reproduce Univer-sity of Utah experiment precipitated huge excitement, optimism and scientific rivalry. Professors around the world emerged from their offices into the light of their laboratories, for the first time in decades, in order to be the "first to reproduce". Lacking information, skill and fortitude, and driven by an urgent sense to be "first", most of these experiments were flawed to the point that no interpre-tation could be made to support a subtle, extreme and superficially "impossible" observation. The failure of so called "cold fusion" to conform to the expectations of "hot fusion" experimental obser-vations posed a dilemma for advocates of both disciplines. For the proponents of "cold fusion", the dilemma was comfortably, if not comprehensively resolved by the statement of Nobel Laureate Julian Schwinger, that: "the circumstances of cold fusion are not those of hot fusion". Even though a number of scientists have publicly shunned "cold fusion" and still consider it to be theoretically impossible, a number of dedicated individuals have continued to investigate the phenomena.
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