----- Original Message -----
Dear Mr Catt,
Ivor Catt, 121 Westfields,
St. Albans AL3 4JR, England.
15 August 2006
Lord Rees, Master,
Trinity College, Cambridge.
Dear Lord Rees,
Thank you for your email dated 6 August 2006, in reply to my email and letter dated 5 June 2006.
There is no need for you to get 'up to speed' on the scientific question. I approached you in your administrative capacity only.
I will outline The Catt Question again.
Outline of established theory. When a 12v battery is connected to a lamp, electric current flows into the lamp. Also, since the two connnecting wires are now at different voltages, negative charge appears on the surface of the lower wire to terminate the electric flux between the two wires.
One of the Fellows of your College says that that charge came from the battery. The other says that it came from inside the wire.
One of the Fellows of The Royal Society, of which you are President, says that that charge came from the battery. The other says that it came from inside the wire.
These gentlemen are not alone, but represent two large bodies of expert opinion.
You have a number of alternatives. I shall deal with Trinity College first, and then deal with The Royal Society.
Trinity College, of which you are Master.
1 Say that you have no relevant administrative duties or power in Trinity College. In which case, please advise me as to who has administrative responsibility..
2 Say that you regard the matter as unimportant.
3 Say that the two parties, Josephson and Pepper, have told you that either (a) they do not in fact disagree, or (b) the matter is unimportant.
4 See (4) below.
The Royal Society, of which you are President.
1 Say that you have no relevant administrative duties or power in The Royal Society. In which case, please advise me as to who has administrative responsibility.
2 Say that you regard the matter as unimportant
3 Say that the two parties, Howie and Pepper, have told you that either (a) they do not in fact disagree, or (b) the matter is unimportant.
4 Say that a Conference is required.
The book says that the Conference proceeds as follows; "An IEE Journal announces forthcoming discussion; discussion occurs; agreed summary of discussion is reported in an IEE Journal."
The conference can be held under the aegis of any relevant institution - The Royal Society, or Trinity College, or Cambridge University Engineering or Physics Department, or Cambridge University, or The Cavendish, or "Nature Physics", or other. As soon as such a conference is announced, the likes of May Chiao, Associate Editor of Nature Physics , will feel it safe to publish a Commentary on this major issue, which has a history of more than a quarter of a century.
Ivor Catt 15 August 2006. Sent email and slomail.
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cc Professor Josephson, Trinity College, Cambridge.
cc Professor Pepper, Trinity College, Cambridge.
cc Professor Howie, 194 Huntingdon Rd., Cambridge
3dec06 Second copies of the above sent to Chiao, Josephson, Pepper, Howie