The reflexive response from mainstream science about the possibility of producing free energy from the vacuum is that it is not possible as this would violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
Over the last 20 years the absolute status of the Second Law has come under increased scrutiny, more than during any other period in its 180-year history. Since the early 1980’s, roughly 50 papers representing over 20 challenges have appeared in the refereed scientific literature. In July 2002, the first conference on its status was convened at the University of San Diego, attended by 120 researchers from 25 countries. In 2004, the mainstream scientific journal Entropy published a special edition devoted to Second Law challenges. And, in July 2004, an echo of the first conference was held in Prague, Czech Republic.
The breadth and depth of recent challenges are remarkable. They span three orders of magnitude in temperature, twelve orders of magnitude in size; they are manifest in condensed matter, plasma, gravitational, chemical, and biological physics; they cross classical and quantum mechanical boundaries. Several have strong corroborative experimental support, and laboratory tests attempting bona fide violation are on the horizon. Considered en masse, the Second Law’s absolute status can no longer be taken for granted, nor can challenge to it be casually dismissed.
In this DVD, University of San Diego physics professor Dr. Daniel Sheehan who co-hosted the two conferences, gives us a tour of the field as seen through the mainstream eyes of an honest seeker of the truth. A dynamic, fascinating and entertaining speaker, he shows that all is not well with the concept of the inviolability of the Second Law.
Note: Tom Bearden points out that in Dilip Kondepudi and Ilya Prigogine, Modern Thermodynamics: From Heat Engines to Dissipative Structures, Wiley, New York, 1998, reprinted with corrections 1999. Areas already known and recognized to violate thermodynamics are given on p. 459; one such area being sharp gradients.
So these research ideas are well-founded and centered about an area that the leading scientists in forefront thermodynamics agree can do some “very strange” things, and disobey the Second Law.