Norman D. Cook
Over the course of several decades, I have published some 30 articles on an unconventional lattice model of nuclear structure (summarized in Models of the Atomic Nucleus, 2nd ed., Springer, 2010). The reason for such persistence is that one particular lattice configuration of nucleons reproduces – on a geometrical basis – the known “symmetries” of the nucleus, i.e., the entire pattern of nucleon energy-states (n, j, l, m, s, i) and their occupancies, as defined by the nuclear wave-equation and as known from low-energy, experimental nuclear physics since the 1950s. I have therefore argued that, while experimental nuclear physics and nuclear technology are precise and sophisticated, conventional nuclear structure theory is an incoherent smorgasbord of mutually contradictory models that can, nonetheless, be unified within a nuclear lattice. My interest in “cold fusion” lies primarily in the empirical evidence for LENR transmutations that conventional nuclear theory cannot explain or predict, but that have straightforward interpretations from the lattice perspective.