'The scientist, the madman, the thief and their lightbulb' book review
One interesting thing to do, nowadays, is to find a second-hand book from an earlier era and see how different it is from the publications sold to us nowadays. What's more, I don't think we have to go back that far to see some significant changes. For example, the book I'm reviewing in this blog post, Keith Tutt's book 'The Scientist, the Madman, the Thief and their Lightbulb' was first published in 2001. That's not very long ago but it felt like a long time when I read a review on its back cover by the New Scientist magazine. It said the following:
'the inventors… could hardly have asked for a better intercessor than Tutt. His vivid, level-headed and engrossing commentary is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.'
I'm not sure that the New Scientist would be so positive in its view now, since Tutt's book talks extensively about inventors, scientists and engineers who developed new forms of energy creation that don't fit the official scientific view. Their creations were powered by zero-point energy (allegedly), cold fusion (allegedly), free energy from high-voltage, high-charge devices and other seemingly exotic sources. As a formerly avid reader of the New Scientist, I developed a good understanding of its trends and where science journalism in Britain generally was going. As a result, I'd be surprised if they gave the book such a positive review now.
The current intolerance of our scientific establishment towards anything controversial is a shame, because Tutt's book is very interesting. I've talked a lot on this website, and in my book 'how science shows…', about alternative energy sources. I think cold fusion is possible, without abandoning all scientific rigorousness, because reality is fundamentally a creation of our minds, which originate outside of reality (for more on that, do please read my influence idea article). Because of this, our minds can influence quantum events, which means it is possible for us to make quantum tunnelling occur. Quantum tunnelling makes cold fusion possible because it allows the deuterium atoms to get close enough together to perform fusion, without the need for the massive temperatures and pressures required to overcome electrostatic repulsion. Ironically, since mental influence would be required, cold fusion only works if the operator believes it will work. A sceptic could stop the cold fusion process occurring, thus reinforcing his or her negative view!
I also think that 'energy from nothing' is possible, as our reality is part of a larger reality, not simply everything that exists. This means that conservation of energy can be conserved because we can take energy from the larger reality.
I also think that Dr LaViolette is correct when he postulates that gravity is not always attractive and related to mass, as Einstein assumed. Instead, gravity is related to charge. The proton exerts an attractive gravitation force and the electron exerts a repulsive gravitational force. The very weak attractive gravitation force of neutral matter comes about because the proton's charge is very slightly larger than that of the electron. If this idea is correct, then an anti-gravity drive is possible and I have the suspicion that our military elite have known this for at least half a century. This would also explain why physicists have been puzzled about the relative weakness of gravity as a force, as well as their inability over the last century to marry relativity and quantum physics together. It would also explain the anomalous speeds of stars around the centres of galaxies, an anomaly currently explained through the existence of dark matter (even though scientists have completely failed to detect any).
All this means that much of the experiments and devices reported in Tutt's book probably work. Some are almost certainly erroneous, but they're probably a minority. The terrible persecution of many of the engineers and inventors described in Tutt's book point to a far more ruthless and base reason for such controversial ideas being allowed into the mainstream; if they were generally accepted, a lot of very powerful people would rapidly stop making an awful lot of money.
Overall, I do recommend 'The Scientist, the Madman, the Thief and their Lightbulb', although the book can sometimes feel like a long string of stories lumped together. Apart from that, it is well-researched, balanced and informative. Definitely recommended.