Cold PR

In ‘Soft Cheating’ Is More Harmful To Science Than Cases Of Outright Fraud” (The Scientist, Sept. 18, 1989, page 14) Rustum Roy cites early reports of neutron production in cold fusion as an example of questionable science. However, Roy seems tu be referring to the early press reports of large excess heat production, rather than low-level neutron production, in such experiments These early notices are what caused much of the confusion about cold fusion. The excess heat prod

Kent Harrison
Nov 26, 1989

In ‘Soft Cheating’ Is More Harmful To Science Than Cases Of Outright Fraud” (The Scientist, Sept. 18, 1989, page 14) Rustum Roy cites early reports of neutron production in cold fusion as an example of questionable science.

However, Roy seems tu be referring to the early press reports of large excess heat production, rather than low-level neutron production, in such experiments These early notices are what caused much of the confusion about cold fusion. The excess heat production was also reported in the scientific literature, however, the subsequent publicity focused on media announcements rather than the scientific article.

The neutron production reports were generally made through regular scientific publication.

B. KENT HARRISON
Department of Physics
and Astronomy
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

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