25 Years Ago Today Pons and Fleischmann Announced Cold Fusion (Video)

Today is the 25th Anniversary of the press conference held at the University of Utah in which the achievement of ‘cold fusion’ by Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann was announced. I thought it appropriate to post a video of that event today.

The work of Pons and Fleischmann has been the trigger for a whole new field of research which seems to be rapidly accelerating today, and while the names of these scientists have for the past quarter century has been associated by many with incompetence and even fraud, I believe that before too long their reputation will be redeemed, and their discovery held up throughout the world as one of the most important in the history of science.

  • jousterusa

    Before the announcement, I had been hearung the phrase “Breakthough! Disaster!” in my mind for months. Coming back from Las Vegas one day, I told my friend Ed of this, and I said there would be a giant scientific breakthrough and some huge diaster at the same time. A few weeks later, voila, ici! A world-changing breakthrough, and a huge disaster for the industry that was enormously vulnerable to the breakthrough. I speak of the Valdez oil spill and the Pons-Fleischmann announcement, of course, on March 24 and March 23, respectively..

  • GreenWin

    drjohn, if you have longer than 45 years on planet you’ll recognize “main stream media” as a poor substitute for real journalists. Were there any such thing as an honest mainstream media — one of the alternate channels would’ve run with this story. It’s just too good for a real journalist to overlook. Which simply means we have no journalists in this simulation.

    • jousterusa

      Begging your pardon…

  • GreenWin

    Congratulations to the intrepid pioneers of Cold Fusion – especially Drs. Fleischmann and Pons.

    Mainstream media hopes to dilute the 25th Anniversary of Cold Fusion, by claiming it’s also the 25th anni for Algore’s internet. Except that ARPA net designated TCP/IP (Internet Protocol) in 1982. So… The Pons and Fleischmann discovery will eventually make the internet invention look small, and Algore a yarn spinner.

  • Andre Blum

    also 25 years ago, today: Exxon Valdez.

  • Veblin

    25 years ago a dream caught fire — and died

    Comments are needed to refute this skeptical version of the story.

    • Gerrit

      you beat me to it 🙂
      It seems to me KSL decided to bring both views in two separate articles and videos, which is an interesting approach:

      The John Hollenhorst piece is terrible, rehashing old dismissing argumentation without honestly taking into consideration the ongoing research.

      The Ed Yeates piece bring a more positive view and includes bits of the McKubre interview.

  • georgehants

    From Vortex with thanks
    :Goodnight from the MIT colloquium
    Steve High
    Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:53:35 -0700
    Well the conference is over and I would like to tell you about the serious
    emotions that bubbled up at the end. Dr Hagelstein had the last word and he
    wished to observe that today was the 25th anniversary of the Pons and
    Fleischmann announcement. I’ve noticed before that he tends to have a somewhat
    pessimistic view of the prospects for cold fusion. He described the field as
    hanging on by its fingernails, and recounted how few research groups are active
    now compared to four years after the announcement. He also said he was feeling
    a glimmering of hope, and acknowledged the apparent success and good feeling
    generated by the just completed colloquium.
    He then moved to recognize the friends that are no longer with us, and
    literally hit a brick wall. His eyes filled with tears and he was not able to
    speak the name of Martin Fleischman or the others. At the suggestion of the
    audience he wrote on the chalkboard “Thanks for twenty five years of struggle
    and hard work”. I sensed that his sadness was for the deceased, but also for
    the wearying burden he himself has carried for the last twenty-five years. All
    those years of pushing a stone uphill, the best years of his life, with so
    little support or recognition. I say the good doctor has no reason to feel bad
    about his show of emotion. The whole conference was touched and found meaning
    in it. Now for those of us who are becoming more certain that the winds of
    change are blowing at last, to find the gumption to push this thing over the
    finish line!
    Steve High

  • Alan DeAngelis

    Notice the olive branch Fleischmann presented to the hot fusioneers. (~38:30)

    • Alan DeAngelis


      Then they stripped them to the bone like a school of piranha.

  • bachcole

    After watching that news conference, I now understand why georgehants, GreenWin, Fortyniner, et. al. are so angry. My blood is boiling. My life could have been better if certain people had behaved properly. The human race could be doing better if certain people were pathological $hitheads and lying bags of human excrement:

    “We could not duplicate the experiments.” Acceptable

    “We could not duplicate the experiments. Perhaps we could work with Professors Fleishmann and Pons to understand how to do it.” Better

    “We could not duplicate the experiments. Therefore Professors Fleishmann and Pons are incompetent.” Bad and socially retarded

    “We could not duplicate the experiments. Therefore Professors Fleishmann and Pons are frauds.” Despicablely evil and sociopathic

    I so hope that heads will roll (metaphorically speaking). I so hope that people will lose their jobs and be shamed.

    • georgehants

      Roger it is good you now “understand”, as always one must do the Research on any subject before one can comment accurately.
      Should that be Cold Fusion or any one of many other subjects that science and so many other uneducated people try to deny and debunk, when they in Fact do not have a clue what they are talking about.

    • jonnyb

      Afraid most of them will be retired by now enjoying their big pension pot. I feel that an inquiry should be carried out to ensure this never happens again.

      • jousterusa

        How ironic, eh, that 25 years later we are also in the last day or two of waiting for the results from Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat independent testing. I just wish that positive results and the anniversary could have exactly coincided.

  • rick

    So nothing like the H-Cat has been observed before? Look at this video!

    This is why I say that some or all of the heat may be chemical.

    so much for the idea that a cold gas has never produced a hot spot on a piece of cold metal.

    • Alan DeAngelis

      But the Hot-Cat reaction is done in a sealed tube. All the air is removed with a vacuum pump from the camber that contains the nickel powder before it is pressurize with pure hydrogen.

      • Alan DeAngelis

        …before it is pressurized…

        • Obvious

          Seems to be some confusion here between the H-Cat (catalytic convertor) and the Rossi Hot Cat.

    • Iggy Dalrymple

      Did anyone say that this had not been observed before?
      I thought they were trying to determine if there was excess heat.

    • Alan DeAngelis

      In fact in the early cold fusion experiments they put platinum at the top of the closed cell to recombine the deuterium gas with the oxygen that was generated during the electrolysis (to make heavy water and save
      money). But they stopped doing that because if the platinum became contaminated it would fail to work and there could be a build up of the gasses that could cause an explosion if they suddenly recombined.

  • Curbina

    I will always remember the buzz of that day. I was at my 15Th birthday, and I quickly understood how big this was. A shame that 25 years after we are still not living the promise that was whispered that day. May we see their names redeemed.

    • Iggy Dalrymple

      Happy birthday Curbina & Wernher Von Braun

  • Gerard McEk

    The shown test environment, the published results, the reputations of F&P and the potentially paradigm energy change should have been more than enough reason for the academic and scientific world to fully explore what F&P discovered. Instead, F&P were discredited and their discovery was called fraud and degraded as ‘pseudo-science’. A SHAME TO THE ACADEMICS AND SCIENTISTS WHO SUPPORTED THIS GREATEST ACADEMIC FAILURE OF THE PAST CENTURY!

  • jonnyb

    Such a shame for these two, time they got a the recognition they deserve.