When cold fusion was rejected within a year or so after its announcement in 1989, most people lost interest and moved on with their careers or other activities. This response is, of course, normal for rejected claims. Unbeknownst to most people, however, research continued at the margins of mainstream science. Perhaps because of its great initial promise as a source of energy, periodically people may be curious about its fate: “Whatever happened to cold fusion?”

Persons who look into cold fusion may be surprised at the amount of work that has been done – and progress that has been made – since the announcement and rejection. That was certainly the case for the author of this website, Dr. Thomas Grimshaw. Those who are interested no doubt have many questions. The attempt is made here to anticipate the major questions – and provide answers. These answers are in fact informed opinion of Dr. Grimshaw and are based on his 16 years of experience in the field. References may be provided for some of the answers.

Please note that answers are still being developed for the questions so far listed. When available, the answers will be presented more or less independently of each other.

1.1       Origins and Rejection

1.1.1      What is cold fusion?

1.1.2      Where did cold fusion come from?

1.1.3      What took place at the March 23, 1989 press conference?

1.1.4      Where did the name “cold fusion” come from?

1.1.5      What is the cold fusion reaction?

1.1.6      Why was cold fusion rejected?

1.2       Importance and Current Status

1.2.1      Why is cold fusion important?

1.2.2      What is the evidence for cold fusion?

1.2.3      What are good sources of information on cold fusion?

1.2.4      Who are some of the salient participants in the cold fusion field?

1.2.5      What are the characteristics of the cold fusion community?

1.3       Primary Issues and Future Directions

1.3.1      Is cold fusion a good field for a career choice?

1.3.2      Has cold fusion been financially supported since it was rejected?

1.3.3      What are the public policy issues for cold fusion?

1.3.4      What are the intellectual property concerns of cold fusion?

1.3.5      What should the role of governments be with respect to cold fusion?

1.3.6      What are the sociology of science issues for cold fusion?’