Suppose the discovery had not been called cold fusion; suppose it had been named “Anomalous Heat Event”
In such a case, it would have been ignored even by Hollywood. The CF field gained most of its incredible popularity by the charming oxymoron in its name.
And the confirmations that came during the 90's would have increased the funding and we would today had another source of energy in use.
During the first 90's, F&P enjoyed an incredible financial and material support. This bonanza led to the 1992 boil-off experiment and to the ICCF3 paper, which provides the most evident confirmation that they were wrong and unreliable.
Instead of focusing on experimental data (in the area in which F&P were recognized authorities) most critics focused on the disagreement between F&P’s intepretation and accepted theory.
I agree on this. It's amazing that the foam issue has not been raised by anyone in almost 30 years. Who was in possession of a copy of the 4-cell video could have easily detected the errors. Anyway, I don't know which was the diffusion of the video at that time and if the main critics of F&P had a copy.
I mean - you think we have reached the end of science and there is nothing more to learn?
No, I don't think so. There are many other interesting things to discover or explain. Every scientific question is intriguing. We are curious beings. I hope our civilization will solve as many of these fascinating mysteries as possible, but there is a dramatic problem of diminishing return. IMO, the most useful and easy-to-find technologies have been already discovered, so that, unfortunately, most part of the ongoing researches will only be useful for those who participate in some way to their realization and, possibly, to a small, lucky minority sitting on the top of the human pyramid which can satisfy its hunger for knowledge. But this will happen thanks to the exploitation of the limited resources which are already well known.
Why did not F&P see excess heat in every cell they ran?
Probably because they claimed as excess heat the positive outcomes of the random error inherent in any measurement, especially when coupled with puzzling methods to calculate the results, as those used by F&P.
What is the conditions required to guarantee an excess heat event to occur ?
The choice of a method for interpreting the experimental data which provides false results on a more deterministic basis. For example, mistaking foam for boiling water allowed to claim of having produced excess heat at the specific rate of fast breeder reactors for all the 4 cells under testing. In this case, it was achieved the full reproducibility … of the error.