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Dear Editor, I shall be very grateful if you reply to my letter addressed to May Chiao. She has not replied.
http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/64maychiao.htm

Yours faithfully,
Ivor Catt 17th March 2007 Also sent slomail

----- Original Message -----
From: Nature Physics
To: ivor catt
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 2:17 PM
Subject: RE: To The Editor
Dear Mr Catt, Further to your letters and e-mail, I’m afraid that we cannot offer to publish your article as a Commentary in Nature Physics, and we cannot enter into any further correspondence on the matter. - Sincerely, Alison Wright, Chief Editor, Nature Physics

Letter to May Chiao, Associate Editor of Nature physics.

Ivor Catt, 121 Westfields,

St. Albans AL3 4JR, England.

(01727 864257

+44 1727 864257

email ivorcatt@electromagnetism.demon.co.uk

website www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/

2 April 2006

Second copy sent 3 July 2006

Third copy sent 21 August 2006

May Chiao, Associate Editor, Nature Physics,

Nature Publishing Group, The Macmillan Building,.

4 Crinan Street, London N1 9XW TEL: +44 (0) 20 7833 4000

Dear May Chiao,

The Catt Question

 

In Cambridge, my partner Libuse Mikova and I had a long discussion with you recently at dinner at Trinity College High Table and later in our cups. You told us that your journal "Nature Physics" included Electromagnetic Theory as part of its remit. I told you that I would approach you later with some copy. "The Catt Question" is an obvious candidate for a Commentary in "Nature Physics".

Remarkably, my partner Libuse Mikova insists that you also said; "What is censorship?"

There is a precedent. In 1978, I noticed that "Wireless World" was independently publishing articles by Dr. David Walton and Malcolm Davidson. I telephoned the editor, the late Tom Ivall, and told him that Walton and Davidson were members of a three man research team covering digital design and electromagnetic theory. I further said that he, as Editor, had a problem because electronics was moving rapidly from analogue to digital. I said that I was sure he did not have cover in digital electronics. We were leading researchers in that field, and could deliver to him the copy he needed for the transition from analog to digital.

After only ten minutes on the telephone, Tom asked to visit me. He and his wife came to St. Albans for the day to discuss matters with me. This led to Wireless World publishing articles and letters discussing our contributions to digital design and electromagnetic theory in every monthly issue for the ten years 1978 to 1988. The circulation at the time was 60,000 per month.

Macmillan, the owners of your journal "Nature Physics", later re-published much of our lighter material in "Digital Hardware Design" . Wireless World also published some of our findings at the heavier end, Electromagnetic Theory. Some of these heavier Wireless World articles are now on the www, including "Displacement Current". , "Maxwell's Equations Revisited" , "History of Displacement Current" , "The Heaviside Signal" , "A mathematical rake's progress" , "The Hidden Message in Maxwell's Equations" , "The Deeper Hidden Message in Maxwell's Eqiations" "Maxwell, Einstein and the Aether" , Death of Electric Current

As with Ivall and Wireless World, "Nature Physics" needs cover over the developments in electromagnetic theory resulting from the digital experience. I can provide much of this.

The first, easy step will be for you to publish under the remit in your journal which goes as follows;

"In addition to publishing original research, Nature Physics serves as a central source for top-quality information for the physics community through the publication of Commentaries, Research Highlights, News & Views, Reviews and Correspondence."

Already the subject of an IEE Article a decade ago, "The Catt Question" is an obvious candidate for a Commentary in "Nature Physics". This very elementary question in electromagnetic theory is answered in contradictory ways by one half and the other half of accredited experts in the field - Professors and text book writers. The "Southerners" are led by Sir Michael Pepper FRS , Fellow of Trinity and Professor at The Cavendish. The "Westerners" are led by Nobel Prizewinner Professor Brian Josephson, also Fellow of Trinity and Professor at The Cavendish. Currently, Josephson is having difficulty in getting clarity from Pepper.

Students at Cambridge and elsewhere have not been warned that there is uncertainty , persisting for decades, at the core of the Electromagnetic Theory taught to them.

I look forward to your reply to this proposal.

The larger opportunity for good copy for "Nature Physics" comes later, when we can discuss whether advances in Electromagnetic Theory are possible. Precursors are in "Wireless World" twenty years ago. They include; "The conquest of Thought" , "The Conquest of Truth" and "The Conquest of Science" .

Ivor Catt,

121 Westfields,

St. Albans AL3 4JR

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References:

I have lectured on censorship in science (see Maddox ). I have published my theories, leading to"The

 clever take the brilliant"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivor_Catt - Catt's views on electromagnetism

http://www.ivorcatt.com/28anom.htm

http://www.ivorcatt.com/2812.htm

http://www.ivorcatt.com/2813.htm

http://www.ivorcatt.com/28scan.htm

http://www.ivorcatt.org/digital-hardware-design.htm

http://www.ivorcatt.org/icrwiworld78dec1.htm

http://www.ivorcatt.com/2604.htm

http://www.ivorcatt.org/icrwiworld80mar1.htm

http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/z014.htm

http://www.ivorcatt.com/2809.htm

http://www.ivorcatt.com/2804.htm

http://www.ivorcatt.com/2808.htm

http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/20001.htm

http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/y7aiee.htm

http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/06001.htm ........- The Nobel Prizewinning Master of Trinity drops a clanger at High Table

http://www.ivorcatt.com/2608.htm

http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/Conquest%20of%20Thought.htm

http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/Conquest%20of%20Truth.htm

http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/wbdanbk8.htm

http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/w4rlectu.htm

http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/ipub002a.htm

http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/Y65BRILL.htm

http://www.mail-archive.com/ctrl@listserv.aol.com/msg28310.html

" Maddox , the greatest suppressor of all, joining
the band-waggon of concern about suppression. With his track record, that is
mind-blowing."

http://www.mail-archive.com/ctrl@listserv.aol.com/msg28310.html

Shanker; http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/07091.htm "Reference. [Note 1] Ed. Stuart G. Shanker, Philosophy of Science, Logic and Mathematics in the Twentieth Century, pub. Routledge 1996, p391; [Glossary of terms] "electromagnetism - …. the final form of the theory was devised by MAXWELL and is one of the triumph[s] of the nineteenth century science." This assertion, that electromagnetic theory was complete in around 1900 and could not be improved upon, is frequently repeated, (for instance, as far as I remember, by Solymar and Ash). Since Heaviside (1850 - 1925) was given the first Faraday Medal and has never been repudiated by anyone in the Establishment, it is tragic that so many of his concepts, including that of energy current, have disappeared. They are now not known to a single Professor of Electrical Engineering or a single text book writer in the world. Their grasp of the Transverse Electromagnetic Wave diminishes every decade, even though it is the basic intellectual building block for digital electronics. - Ivor Catt, 31dec01"

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http://www.nature.com/nphys/about/about_eds/index.html

Associate Editor: May Chiao
Before joining Nature Physics, May was an Associate Editor at Nature and Nature Materials. She undertook postdoctoral research at the Solid State Laboratory at ETH-Zürich and the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, investigating fundamental properties of superconducting and magnetic states by tuning quantum critical systems using temperature, pressure and magnetic field. She obtained her PhD in 1999 from McGill University where she studied heat transport in high-temperature superconductors in the vortex state.

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http://www.nature.com/nphys/about/index.html#aims-scope

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Commentary on electromagnetic theory

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Ivor agrees with Landis.
Given the Landis comment below, Landis will not approve of the comments by Sir Michael Pepper FRS, recently knighted "for services to physics", who says (under instruction) that electric charge will emerge sideways (from the south) to terminate the electric field which appears in behind a voltage/current step. See Pepper . It will be very useful if Landis confirms that he thinks Pepper is wrong. Pepper says that ".... As the wave travels at light velocity, then charge supplied from outside the system [from the west] would have to travel at light velocity as well, which is clearly impossible. ...."; and; ".... as a TEM wave advances so charge within the conductor is polarised and the disturbance propagates at right angles to the direction of propagation of the wave ....".
If Landis says that Pepper is wrong, then we can expect Landis to agree with Nobel Prizewinner B Josephson, who says that the required charge comes from the west (which Pepper says is impossible). Pepper and Josephson are both Fellows of my college, Trinity Cambridge. They are also both Professors at the renowned Cavendish labs.
Following my urging, the Nobel Prizewinner approached the Knight of the Realm to discuss their differences, but came away saying that Pepper was evasive. However, Pepper's view is supported by the leaders at the IEE (Institution of Electrical Engineers, London) and many other luminaries , so the problem is not resolved by deciding that Pepper is discredited and technically incompetent.
Background
In around February, Josephson asked for respite from the problem (that Cambridge students are not being told that leading academics disagree on an important fundamental aspect of what they are being taught) until April 2006, and I agreed to this. I trust that BDJ is now well rested.
Perhaps it is not well enough known that, as I have been told, Landis himself is a heavyweight when it comes to status in these matters, possibly ranking close to Nobel and Knight of the Realm. However, I have not run a full check on him.
Ivor


----- Original Message -----
From: "Geoffrey A. Landis" <geoffrey.landis@sff.net>
To: "David Tombe" <sirius184@hotmail.com>
Cc: <ivor@ivorcatt.com>; <epola@tiscali.co.uk>; <pwhan@atlasmeasurement.com.au>; <graham@megaquebec.net>; <forrestb@ix.net>; <pegasus@lobocom.es>; <Monitek@aol.com>; <imontgomery@atlasmeasurement.com.au>
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 4:15 PM
Subject: Re: The Catt Question

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From Geoffrey A. Landis <geoffrey.landis@sff.net>

On Apr 13, 2006, at 8:18 AM, David Tombe wrote:

"Dear Ivor,
I've studied the Catt question in this web link,
http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/catanoi.htm
My own personal answer would be that there is no extra accumulated charge on either wire. I maintain that the wires are electrically neutral at all times, whether current is flowing or not." - [Tombe]

Unfortunately, you're muddying the waters here. If the top and bottom wires are at different voltages, then there are electric field lines running from the top wire to the bottom wire. Coulomb's law says that all electric field lines terminate at charges. So if there's an electric field going from wire 1 to wire 2, there are charges in the wire. If you run the numbers, the static charge is small in magnitude compared to the moving charge, but it is not zero.

(if this is not obvious; draw a Gaussian surface that is a cross- sectional slice containing both wires, and integrate E. The easiest way to solve this explicitly is to solve for the voltage difference as a function of the charge on the wires.)

Geoffrey A. Landis
http://www.sff.net/people/geoffrey.landis

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Interestingly, David Tombe here makes the same mistake (now corrected) as did Dr. Arnold Lynch. They discuss the electric current. “The Catt Question” is about the electric charge appearing on the lower wire, not the current in the wire.

Having been censored out for decades, I left it to Arnold Lynch to do all the writing of our joint paper http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/y7aiee.htm , to see whether it would still be censored out of the IEE (now IET) refereed journals, which it was anyway, no (previously promised) reasons for rejection being given. In the end, as a good friend of the chairman of a section of the IEE (which Lynch helped to found; “IEE Science, Education and Technology”), Lynch got it published in the proceedings of their conference, at http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/y7aiee.htm .

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----- Original Message -----

From: David Tombe

To: icatt@btinternet.com

Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2011 5:08 PM

Subject: RE: The Catt Question

 

Hi Ivor,
          I hope your talk on 4th June will be available on video.
 
          Anyway, as regards the amendment for your web link http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/64maychiao.htm, This is the corrected form of my letter,
 
I've made a statement below which corrects the position which I adopted on 13th April 2006.

The 'Catt Question' concerns the issue of the electric field lines which cross the space between the outgoing wire and the incoming wire in a transmission line. Conventional theory teaches that these lines must begin and end on a charge, and that as such, the wires must possess a net electric charge. What the establishment have never been able to explain is where exactly is the original and ultimate source of this extra electric charge. If these wires lose their net neutrality when the current flows, then there is no existing theory which can adequately account for that loss of neutrality. If it's a case of feeding an increasing electron density in the outgoing wire from the return wire, then it would be a case of a sink feeding a source, and this clearly cannot be so. The extra charge must be supplied externally from the power source. And since the literature does not teach that the extra charge is injected into the system from the power source, or how, the Catt Question therefore creates a legitimate problem for the scientific establishment. It would seem that the answers of Pepper and McEwan indicate that they have both simply failed to comprehend the core of the issue, having given conflicting answers, both of which have totally missed the point. Frederick David Tombe 19th April 2011

        It corrects the spelling mistake on the first version and gives a stronger support for the merits of the Catt Question. Also, I do get your point about focusing their attention exclusively on the lower wire. It gives them less to obfuscate about.

                                          Best Regards
                                               David

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"The Catt Question" in "Electronics World", May 2009

Geoffrey A. Landis , Visiting Professor at MIT

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