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Letter to those responsible for electromagnetic theory



The ongoing project differs fundamentally from previous work on the Scientific Reception System.

Below is the key letter. It proves that my research, which now proves that the Enlightenment is over, gives us an open conclusion that can be refuted by anyone into the future. All they have to do is to show that the situation has changed, and an accredited luminary will after all comment on the elementary fundamentals of his craft.

In the past, research led to conclusions that were closed, and not refutable by new evidence arising later in time. In this case, in contrast, there remains an open challenge to refute the conclusion.

The key factors contained in the letter below are;

4. Should Ivor Catt have approached the matter differently, and if so, how? How should he approach the matter now?”

It is possible that the continuing refusal to answer these two questions proves that in general the thesis, that the Enlightenment is over, is generally known but must not be admitted.

“What is Truth?” said Pilate, and would not stay for an answer.

I will not accept a cut-and-run assertion that Catt approached the matter wrongly. To be valid, he who makes such an assertion has to stay to discuss his assertion, perhaps by taking over the experiment and then showing that he can elicit comment or clarification by accredited luminaries.


For more than ten years, I have offered money to any student who elicits written, signed comment on The Catt Question from an accredited luminary. I gradually increased the amount. I propose that this offer be put on a more solid footing, perhaps with the Editor of Electronics World as Mediator. The idea is to demonstrate more and more clearly that no student is willing to risk his academic career by trying to get his accredited lecturer to supply meaningful, written, dated, signed comment on The Catt Question.

As I upload this document, I increase the payment to the first successful student to £250.

There is now a lesser prize of £100 to each of the first three students who supply documentary evidence that they tried and failed.

“Accredited” means Reader in Electromagnetism, author of published text book, or similar. Professor of Electronic Engineering will do, but not Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Ivor Catt  16may04

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/


Second copy sent 4feb00 except to [10], [13] and [14]

25feb00, copies sent to [15] and [16]

Further copy sent to all addressees below in early 2004

Dear Sirs,

The Catt Anomaly

by I. Catt, pub. Westfields Press, 1996, ISBN 0 906340 13 6

(To exclude the possibility of personality problems, I have not until now communicated with the main parties direct.)

The book with the above title was published in 1996. It is available on my website, and there is a copy in Trinity College Library, Cambridge.

Since then, the Lynch-Catt paper on the problem was given at the IEE Group S7 Conference on 10 July 1998. This paper was later published in the Conference Proceedings, and is available on my website, (the key diagram, p3 of the book The Catt Anomaly, being enclosed herewith).

Your responsibility in this matter is discussed in the book, which is about to be re-issued.

You are invited to send me your comments for inclusion, unedited, in the new edition of the book. Your comments will also go onto my website.

You may also want to avail yourself of "Riposte", which is explained on my website Home Page. This enables you to have a hyperlink from anywhere on my website, to a website of your choosing, to rebut any assertion made on my website.

You may or may not wish to respond to these specific questions;

1. Is the Westerner view (Howie, McEwan) incompatible with the Southerner view (Pepper)?

2. Are you a Westerner or a Southerner?

3. Should a conference be convened to discuss The Catt Anomaly? (See p55 of my book.) If so, who should organise it, who finance it, and who should be guest speakers? (I note that G De Santillana, in The Crime of Galileo, pub. 1955, writes that the main mistake in handling Galileo [the earth moves] was to approach it administratively, which is your mistake over The Catt Anomaly. ".... if a decision had to be taken, a council was in order. To deal with the question on an administrative level [Note 1] was not only an arbitrary procedure; it was an inexcusable mistake, which is the necessary premise to the graver mistake of the trial sixteen years later...." - De Santillana, p137)

4. Should Ivor Catt have approached the matter differently, and if so, how? How should he approach the matter now?

Best wishes, Ivor Catt


Professor JG Gardiner, Dean of Engineering, University of Bradford, BD7 1DP, UK

2] Dr. N.J. McEwan, Reader in Electromagnetics, University of Bradford, BD7 1DP, UK

Professor M Pepper FRS, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge CB3 0HE

Professor A. Howie FRS, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge CB3 0HE

Professor Broers, Vice Chancellor, Cambridge University.

Professor Atiyah, Emeritus Master, Trinity College, Cambridge

Professor A Sen, Master, Trinity College, Cambridge

The Secretary, IEE, Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL

Professor Secker, IEE, Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL

10] James W Mink, IEEE, Chairman MTT-15, North Carolina State University, Box 7911, Raleigh, NC 27695-7911

Robert T Wangemann, Managing Director, Technical Activities, IEEE, 445 Hoes Lane, PO Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331

Note 1.

".... Dr. Mink generously took his personal time to provide you with a reply. With respect to the views of Professor Pepper and Dr. McEwan, he stated that "I am in general agreement with their assessment of the "Catt Anomaly"."

We do not believe it to be appropriate to again search out a volunteer to review another volunteer's reply." - RT Wangemann.... 5feb97.

12] Dr. P T Warren, The Executive Secretary, The Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

"Two Fellows of the Royal Society, Professor A Howie and Professor M Pepper, give diametrically opposed versions of a rudimentary aspect of electromagnetic theory, the subject central to their expertise which led to their appointment as Fellows of the Royal Society ...." - IC to Dr PT Warren, Royal Soc, 24sep95

23jan00, copies sent to [13] and [14]

13] Chief Executive, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, 345E 47th St., New York, NY 10017, USA

The President, Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London W1N 3DH

14] Professor Ken Collier (Wheatstone Lecture Dec97),

University of Kent, Canterbury

25feb00, copies sent to [15] and [16]

15] Professor Malcolm Longair, The Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge.

16] Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor of Physics, The Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge

 McEwan's snow job, jan00

McEwan grovels to Pepper FRS

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