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Capture The Sun – The science of things that aren’t so

Capture The Sun – The science of things that aren’t so

George D. Morgan


In 1988 a clerk at the United States Department of Energy received a funding request from two scientists working out of the University of Utah – Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann.


The application requested money to finance their research into chemically induced room temperature fusion. Normal custom required such grant requests to undergo peer review, and the application was sent to another scientist who was quietly working on similar experiments – Steven E. Jones.


Ironically, Jones worked at another Utah university – Brigham Young, a mere forty-five minute drive south from Pons and Fleischmann. This fluke of proximity would bring to pass ruinous, unforeseen consequences for all three men. In time, they would be both praised and reviled, accepted and forsaken, famous and infamous.


Eventually the hallowed halls of Science would excommunicate all three for committing the unpardonable sin: unbridled hubris. Their “invention” would come to be called “cold fusion”. It held the promise of cheap, inexhaustible energy. The whole world paid attention.

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George D. Morgan

George D. Morgan, son of Mary Sherman Morgan, inventor of the rocket fuel Hydyne, which powered the rocket that boosted the United States’ first satellite, is an acclaimed author, playwright and screenwriter. He received his B.A. in Creative Writing from the California State University Channel Islands, and his M.F.A. in Performative Writing from the University Of California, Riverside, in the Palm Desert Writing Program.


He’s the author of a dozen plays and musicals, including “Second to Die”, “Nevada Belle”, and “Thunder in the Valley”. Most importantly, he’s also the author of “Rocket Girl”, a play based on the life of the first American rocket scientist (his mother, Mary Sherman Morgan), which premiered in 2008 at Caltech, where he is a resident playwright. This was the first of a trilogy of science-themed plays, the second one being “Pasadena Babylon”, which premiered in 2010 and was a semi-finalist of the Sundance Institute’s Alfred P. Sloan Prize. The trilogy ends with “Capture the Sun”, a play that addresses the 1989 controversy around Stanley Pons, Martin Fleischmann, and the cold fusion.


Morgan is an active member of both the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America.

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