A very enthusiastic article by Gianluca D’Agostino in praise of Andrea Rossi and his E-Cat invention has been published at Examiner.com. He titles it “Andrea Rossi, the man who saved the World” and he sees Rossi’s contribution to the world as more important than those of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. D’Agostino writes:
Yes you read it right. Andrea Rossi, an Italian engineer who developed a cold fusion device in a little warehouse in Bologna, he’s the man who is going to save planet Earth from the energy crisis, the climate change and the economic collapse. Like Superman or Batman, even if he looks much more earthling than the average Superhero.
In a follow-up comments on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, D’Agostino even suggests (seemingly seriously) that the Vatican might name Rossi as a saint.
How does someone respond to such praise? Here’s what Rossi said in response:
Thank you, but I am not sure we will save the World. I am sure we are making good and sound plants, that’s what I am sure of . . . We are just working at the best of our possibilities. God will decide which is the merit of it, not me for sure . . . Of course I take what you said as a hyperbole. Thanks for the wishes.
I couldn’t find any suggestion that D’Agostino was being tongue-in-cheek in any of his comments, and it’s not the first time I have heard this kind of praise for Rossi. Such high expectations are surely hard for anyone to handle, especially at a time when the E-Cat is still largely unproven. While Rossi does not seem particularly to be seeking for the praise of the world, he doesn’t hold back in giving positive evaluations of his technology.
I guess in time we will see how accurate D’Agostino’s assessment is.