Cold fusion II
Again, this is not Humboldt-related; I just can’t resist. This is perhaps the most incredible video I’ve seen in my life, particularly the slide at 5:15 and the Q&A from 39:00 to 40:30 or so. It’s Thomas Kuhn’s proverbial “paradigm-shift,” live and in living color. It gives me a sense of what it must have been like for the Wright Brothers to explain to people that, yes, their structure weighed more than air, but, yes, it could fly under its own power. Not an easy sell when the Professors know it’s impossible.
The speaker is Yasuhiro Iwamura of Mitsubishi R&D, Yokahama. He is speaking at an American Nuclear Society meeting in November 2012. The work he describes, as he explains towards the end, has been reproduced by Toyota and others.
Remember: this work results from work done 20 years ago by Fleischmann and Pons, in America. MIT and all of high energy physics decided it was impossible, and it’s been hard to get research dollars ever since, despite the fact that this sort of work is unbelievably inexpensive compared with building bigger and bigger toys for the high energy folk. Such incredible, destructive arrogance. Such traitors to the true meaning of science. Thank heavens there will always be brilliant, open-minded people around who believe their eyes, rather than what the experts tell them.