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236) Promises promises

Ludwik Kowalski (7/9/05)
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ, 07043

The iESiUSA website has an item that I do not remember seeing several days ago. It is a one-year-old paper entitled “ Alternative energies are looking good again.” The author, Michael Kanellos, is a writer. Here is the first sentence: “Companies promoting solar power and other alternative-energy concepts are rapidly attracting venture funding, research grants and, just as important, the interest of many of the tech industry's deep thinkers and influential figures.” This is followed by comments on the oil crisis, terrorism and “Enron-related” blackouts in California. Then I see a section about enormous profits of companies that benefited from investments in new technology fields.

Contrary to my expectation, the article turned out to be devoted to technologies of photovoltaic cells; I expected it to shed some light on the iESiUSA technology. That is why I am disappointed. When will we hear from people who witnessed the June, 2005 demonstration in Edmonton? According to the Internet rumors, Martin Fleischmann was only one of several qualified witnesses. When will the revolutionary devices be described on the company’s website? When will company scientists share with us what they understand? The longer I wait the more pessimistic I become about the three iESiUSA promises. As far as In know, it was a fraudulent claim. The company no longer exists and millions of dollars were lost by naive investors. Here is a quote from “Understanding Phisics;” by Kowalski and Hellman (a textbok published in 1978, by Dickenson Publishing Company). “Getting more out of a physical system than is put into it has been a persistent dream of humankind. Those who have tried to do this honestly -- by inventing their own ‘perpetual motion’ machines -- have invariably failed. The only people who have come out ahead in his area are those who claimed success and then got others to pay to see it. That it seems, was not difficult to do. In 1812 Charles Redheffer traveled through Philadelphia and New York, charging a dollar admission (a dollar was a lot of money in these days) to see his perpetual motion machine made up of wheels, gears, and pulleys which kept moving continually with no apparent source of energy. He did very well until someone discovered a little man in a back room turning a crank.

Another method of making money is to ‘invent’ such a device and then get people to invest in it. So gullible are some people, and so anxious to get something for nothing, that they will put money into all kinds of money-making schemes.” The iESi company was certainly not the first instrument to get money from greedy people; and most likely not the last one. Even people who studied science are not always immune to preposterous claims. They know that many ideas that turned out to be good were initially rejected as nonsensical. The germ theory of disease, for example, was ridiculed when it was first introduced by Pasteur. Today bacteriology is an essential part of medical science.

Or think about Wright brothers’ idea of airplanes. It was ridiculed by those who believed that only balloons “lighter than air.” could fly. But the brothers did not give up and their persistence paid off. How can one deny this today when heavier than air machines fly all over the world? Dismissing an idea which seems to be in conflict with what is already known may or may not be justified. That is why scientists are often reluctant to reject unreasonable claims. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it leads to disappointments.

Inserted on 7/15/07
Scientific people behind the iESiUSA technology are A.I. Koldomasov (from Russia) and H. Yang (from Korea). A set of essays, including my own, about their work can be found at: .
This reference was sent to me this morning, from Google.

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