I have had this view of the optimization of the electrode design for a long time. Historically we went through various phases in the work and eventually worked on large sheets - very large sheets - of palladium.
Now Stan and I were still working in secret at that time but, because of this development, we had to inform the University of Utah because we thought that they might need to take patent protection.
Usually, if you have a new idea, you very rarely break through to anything like recognizable development or implementation of that idea the first time around - it takes two or three goes for the research community to return to the topic.
It has been suggested at various times that I should start an operation in the United Kingdom but - bearing in mind my age and medical history - I think this would be not a very sensible way to go forward.
American science is much more organized, much more hierarchical than British science has been.
I am a caricature of what British science is about in the way I work.
I think British science is becoming more like American science - and then there is everybody else, I'm afraid.
I think you know that I classify science as British science, American science, and everybody else.
At the moment I am taking a very careful look at some of the work which we have done in the past.
Stan and I funded the first phase of the work ourselves. It was secret.
I don't know whether you have done your calculations but, about two or three years back, I did a first assessment of what the first successful device would be worth and it came out at about 300 trillion dollars.
It is not necessarily true that expensive experiments are not worthwhile doing but there are plenty of rather cheap experiments which are certainly worth doing.
One of my theme songs is that if you can't do it in a test tube, don't do it.