Matthew N. Eisler studies the relationship between energy and environmental politics and practices of contemporary science, technology, and engineering. He is a visiting assistant professor at James Madison University's Department of Integrated Science and Technology.
This well-written and carefully researched study helps the reader understand why the fuel cell has yet to fulfill its glittering promise”
“In Overpotential, Matthew Eisler demonstrates that historians can and should contribute to the energy debate. Eisler skillfully traces the fuel cell’s career in the period from 1945 to today, mainly with an emphasis on the United States, but with many glimpses from other parts of the world”
--Technology & Culture
“In this extensively researched and detailed book, Eisler provides the 'rest of the story' of fuel cells and fuel cell applications progress in the 20th century. Highly recommended”
“Exaggerated claims made on behalf of new energy conversions are commonly met with uncritical acceptance. Eisler provides a much needed corrective, a well-informed and critical explanation of why fuel cells have not become a miraculous energy source”
—Vaclav Smil, University of Manitoba