Cold Fusion

Chu Zhang, Manyu Yue, Huanzhang Yu & Cheng Chen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Science can often result in technologies which can solve energy problems in societies. On March 23, 1989, two scientists Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann claimed at a press conference that they had been able to perform nuclear fusion at room temperature. Their claim was quickly investigated and checked by many scientists around the world. Their discovery generated a heated debate in the scientific literature and magazines in the next few years, and their work was criticized for being unscientific and for violating good science ethics. We have read several of the original papers and comments in order to understand what they actually did and why they were criticized. We conclude that the cold fusion is an example of how the scientific methods and tradition worked well since other scientists could test the experimental results. However, we also show that Pons and Fleischmann did not follow good ethics rules since they did not follow the traditional way of publishing new information, and the potential economic perspectives of cold fusion prevented a sound experimental and theoretical validation of their discovery. Through this case story we have obtained a better understanding of the general scientific process and of the ethics guidelines which scientists should follow.

UddannelserBasis - Naturvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato1 jan. 2006
VejledereSøren Hvidt