Science

Here I plan to focus on developments in science which can have large economic effects -- especially potential or actual scientific revolutions.

At the top of my list at the moment, is so-called "low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR)", otherwise known as "cold fusion". The existence of the phenomena, first reported by Fleishman and Pons in 1989, is still not accepted as real by the majority of the scientific community today, largely because of early failures to reproduce the results in a reliable fashion and especially because the claimed phenomenon seems completely unimaginable, if not impossible, from the standpoint of existing physics. Particularly the lack of significant ionizing radiation (radioactivity) seems incredible. In the meantime, however, continued careful work by laboratories around the world has produced such an enormous accumulation of evidence, that the existence of LENRs must be regarded as firmly established. In my view there can no longer be a rational doubt: LENRs are real. This is in spite of the sporadic character of the LENR phenomena in most experiments -- which is itself a significant lead to be followed up -- the difficulties of diagnostics, and the lack so far of a confirmed explanation. But systematic investigations have led to a much better understanding of the conditions under which "cold fusion" occurs, and there are promising theoretical approaches. I highly recommend the course of lectures given by Prof. Peter Hagelstein at MIT ( 2015 Cold Fusion IAP Course).

In my book I speak of "a coming scientific and technological revolution at the intersection of nuclear physics and the physics of collective processes in solid materials". At this point it is impossible to predict what the most important practical applications of LENRs might be. I think it is a mistake just to focus on heat generation. LENRs mean a real revolution, it is a "whole new ballgame", to use an American expression. Processes bridging the 5-6 orders of magnitude gap between chemical binding energies and nuclear binding energies, once mastered, have the potential to transform the entire technological base of the world economy.

For these reasons we intend, as far as circumstances alllow, to follow developments in LENR research on this website. They are particular interesting to me in view of my own work with the Russian-born physicist Danil Doubochinski, who has demonstrated a relatively simple mechanism for the efficient coupling of oscillatory processes whose frequencies can differ by orders of magnitude. The principle is illustrated by the "Doubochinski pendulum", which belongs completely to the domain of classical physics, although its fundamental implications have long been overlooked..The reader can consult our joint publications.

More on this fascinating subject later!

Another I want to mention here is the possibility of solving the so-called "wave-particle paradox of quantum physics", by a new theory which would combine the existence of a highly localized particle-like entity together with a real spatially-extended oscillatory process (a "wave") and which -- in contrast to David Bohm's alternative interpretation -- would go fundamentally beyond present-day quantum physics, predicting new physical phenomena and providing insight into the dynamic nature of the electron and other particles. Progress toward such a new theory has been made by researchers following up the original ideas of Louis DeBroglie (the so-called "double solution"). Most advanced, in this direction, appears to be the group of José Croca in Lisbon, which (among other things) has proposed experiments to detect the real existence of what they call "subquantum waves". A positive result would imply a scientific revolution. As in the case of "cold fusion", the majority of the physics community seems to have little interest in this direction of research, but the situation could change.

More will follow on this and other topics in physical science.

Breakthrough areas of science

Here 18 areas of scientific research are identified and discussed in which revolutionary breakthroughs can be expected. The document was written in non-technical language for a special occasion in 2007, but should still be of interest. I hope to be able to revise and update it later this year -  JT  

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