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Hacking the Atom (Explorations in Nuclear Research Book 1) by [Krivit, Steven]
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Steven B. Krivit's Explorations in Nuclear Research three-book series (Hacking the Atom, Fusion Fiasco, Lost History) describes the emergence of a new field of science, one that bridges chemistry and physics. The books give readers an understanding of low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research and its history and provide a rare behind-the-scenes look at the players and personalities involved. The books present the results of in-depth historical research and draw on formerly inaccessible archives to describe what occurred in the research that has been mistakenly called "cold fusion."

Hacking the Atom, written for scientists and non-scientists alike, covers the period from 1990 to 2015 and explains how changes to atomic nuclei can occur with low-energy methods. The book reveals the hidden story of how the science initially and erroneously called "cold fusion" continued to progress slowly but incrementally after its near-death in 1989. The book shows that 100 years of chemistry and physics is not wrong but is incomplete and that there is something new and exciting in the physical sciences.

Hacking the Atom:

  • Explains why LENRs may lead to a new form of nuclear energy without harmful radiation.

  • Shows why LENRs are not based on "cold fusion" but are instead based on weak interactions.

  • Gives examples of experimental evidence of isotopic shifts and elemental transmutations that confirm LENRs as real nuclear reactions.

  • Provides an easy-to-follow tutorial on the Widom-Larsen theory, a plausible explanation — which does not violate laws of physics — for the experimental observations.

  • Provides clear explanations for the lack of dangerous radiation from the experiments.

  • Explains the basis for the stigma as well as the root causes for the lack of progress in the field.

  • Provides case studies of surprising behavior by scientists, ranging from zealotry to outright fraud.

  • Does it all in an easy-to-follow chronology and an engaging, page-turning narrative.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 5996 KB
    • Print Length: 480 pages
    • Publisher: Pacific Oaks Press (5 December 2016)
    • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01MSW5K6P
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    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #370,962 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Well Researched and a Finely Told Story 22 February 2017
    By Fletch - Published on
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    After finishing Hacking the Atom, my first response is Wow! It was extremely well-written, and surprisingly easy to follow. I say surprisingly, because even though the overall story did not always follow a straight timeline, Krivit moved back and forth very well. It was like each story started from the beginning and reached a conclusion, then Krivit moved on to the next story, and all of the stories together painted a whole picture. I also liked that he did not open with an opinion of what was real and what was not real, he let the reader come to his or her own conclusion. Well done. Krivit is what I would call, with high praise, a "digger." I don’t know how he found some of the information he did. Many researchers stop when they find enough information to support what they want to find. A digger does not stop until he/she finds the truth, whatever it may be.

    This book also hit a personal note for me. Krivit wrote about a number of the researchers applying for patents. In the 1990’s, as part of my job as a document classification reviewer, I spent time at the US Patent and Trademark Office, reviewing patent applications that were in nuclear areas to determine if they needed to be held under a secrecy order. (I have a degree in Nuclear Engineering and worked for one of the Federal agencies.) I reviewed a number of patent applications that were for so-called "cold fusion" processes and this brought back memories for me.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Green Nuclear Energy 4 January 2017
    By Ron Marshall - Published on
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    This is the best single book on so-called Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR). This term is used to distinguish the field from High Energy Nuclear Reactions which covers stars and man made thermonuclear reactions. While the input energy is low the output energy can be high. The experimental evidence for this science is more energy output than input in the form of heat and nuclear transmutations. Elements appear that were not part of the experiment before the experiment and isotopes with unnatural isotope ratios appear. Note that isotope ratios are essentially constant for solid elements and an unnatural isotope ratio is a sign of thermal diffusion or nuclear transmutation. In the case of thermal diffusion the isotope ratio would change locally, but the total isotope ratio in the system would remain constant. In these experiments the isotopes are not redistributed. The unnatural isotope ratio is maintained through out the experiment. Energy is released when elements are transmuted. These experiments work with non-radioactive nuclear materials like ordinary hydrogen and nickel. There is very little external radiation so this is a kind of Green Nuclear Energy.

    A theory called the Widom Larsen Process seems to explain the energy from nuclear transformations.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating science, fascinating human story 7 February 2017
    By Ashley - Published on
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    I thought the book was so impressive. This is complex science, and yet I felt that the prose and the approach was accessible for someone like me, who has an interest in science but not the advanced education of a physicist. I think part of that readability is due to the authors' use of "characters" and the interpersonal squabbles/differences of opinions, etc that are detailed in the narrative. This really gives the science a human face, which can be missing from work like this. I also didn't realize that the term cold fusion was not accurate (LENRs being the proper name)! I did have to read slowly in order to absorb some of the more difficult concepts, but felt amply rewarded by the later chapters that delved into the concepts more in depth. This feels like a very important work.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars a background in science or engineering is not required to understand or enjoy it. It describes the painstaking research that led 4 November 2016
    By D. M. Drury - Published on
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    This book is written for general audiences; a background in science or engineering is not required to understand or enjoy it. It describes the painstaking research that led to an understanding of what was really happening in the reactions originally dubbed "cold fusion," and the scientific infighting that delayed progress in the field. Anyone interested in what might be the most important scientific discovery of the last thirty years should read this book.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book detailing the birth 22 October 2016
    By John A. Gowan - Published on
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    A wonderful book detailing the birth, death, and resurrection of "cold fusion", under a better and more accurate name: "low energy nuclear reactions" (LENRs). There is a new domain of physics here, waiting to be explored and put to use. We are also given a look at the extreme
    difficulty facing any challenge to the existing paradigms of "establishment" science. Highly recommended.