What is LENR, Anyway?

Posted By on October 10, 2015

ecatworld.com t-s.

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I was reading this article reporting on a paper delivered at the recent Airbus LENR Symposium by Leonid Urutskoav,  “Phenomenological Model of Collective Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (Transformation),” at Frank Acland’s e-catworld.com, which I’ve found to be the most informative of the LENR sites.

It contains one of the most interesting descriptions I’ve read about LENR — approaching it,  as I believe much evidence is suggesting we should, not as an isolated and unitary phenomenon,  but as a new branch of physics involving myriad possible pathways of reaction.

Peter Gluck, who originally released the article on his popular EgoOut blog, says of Urutskoav’s work: “it is a very important paper based on uncommon ideas, bold creative thinking and high class experiment.”

Here’s the part that interested me the most:  after analyzing the results of a number of recent experimental results in his field, Urutskoav writes:

The results have convinced us that there must be a new type of nuclear reactions, which we have called: transformation reactions (as opposed to the term “transmutation,” which is used by all LENR researchers and which implies a shift of the nucleus of one chemical element into the nucleus of another chemical element). The introduction of the term “transformation”, which was taken from the theory of groups, was intended to emphasize the fact that this is an entirely new class of nuclear reactions with a collective, rather than a two-partial character.

Let’s review that: “This is an entirely new class of nuclear reactions with a collective, rather than a two-partial character.”

To me this helps to explain why LENR is, as so many are starting to affirm,  a true wildcard in the historical development of the human race.  In themselves, the technological implications are astonishing (and mostly very positive for everyone except those with too much invested in the oil economy), but there are also epistemic, and therefore social, implications, of detecting a group of vital physical or electrochemical reactions “with a collective,” not dualistic, character.

I got my first LENR t-shirt from Frank Acland. Check them out at ecatworld.com

And for general background on LENR, here is a revealing interview of Andrea Rossi, by two distinguished academicians (one of them retired from Lawrence Livermore Labs), published in the Oct. 6 Huffington Post.

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, and renaissance literature, the latter a field in which he has published extensively

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