“Professor M. Pepper FRS and his boss Professor A. Howie FRS, head of the Cavendish, disagree with each other as to where the negative charge comes from in the Catt Anomaly, EW+WW sep87 They refuse to discuss it with us or with each other, or to say that the matter is of no importance. Not only are new theories ignored and suppressed. We also find that the Establishment is nonchalant about its contradictory versions of old theory.” – see below
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From: "Leslie Green" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2002 12:17 AM
Subject: Catt's Problem
In regards to your queries of the
IEE and the IEEE I think you have the
To Leslie Green;
Dear Mr Catt
Thank you for your letter of 18 August, to which the Secretary, Dr Williams, has asked me to respond.
Firstly, I should mention that we have had your book reviewed and that the resulting report will be published in the Electronics and Communication Engineering Journal - either in the October or December issue. [Actually oct95.]
The Institution has a responsibility to 'promote the general advancement of electrical science and engineering and their applications and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas on these subjects to the members of the Institution'. The general view of the experts within the IEE is that the so-called 'Catt anomaly' is not an anomaly at all, and does not, therefore, require discussion or exposition. The favoured explanation aligns with the statement to which you refer, attributed to Professor Pepper, namely that as a TEM wave advances, so charge separation occurs close to the conductor surface effectively giving a transitory current flow at right angles to the direction of wave propagation.
Yours sincerely [signed] Professor Philip E Secker Deputy Secretary IEE 4sep95
[from http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/wbdanbk3.htm ] Much activity followed during the next few weeks, but first we should jump to two further comments by Secker, to give a brief taste of what followed. Whereas above, on 4sep95, Secker wrote "....The favoured explanation aligns with the statement to which you refer, attributed to Professor Pepper, ....", seven weeks later, on 25oct95, he wrote; "Dr. McEwan really has the answer; ....". Thus, he was backing both the views whose contradiction was the cause of Catt writing to Secker's boss in the first place, and his boss instructing Secker to reply! Further, although on 4sep95 Top Dog in the IEE chose him as the appropriate expert to reply, after seven weeks of repeated pontification and obfuscation, Secker wrote on 26oct95; "I should explain that I am no expert in the area to which the 'Catt Anomaly' refers....". He repeated this claim on 19dec95. This earned the riposte on 15nov95 from Luca Turin, lecturer in biophysics in London University; "To claim, as Professor Secker does, that this is a problem requiring unusual erudition and expertise is disingenuous. It belongs in chapter One of all the textbooks."
[from http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/wb1anbk7.htm ] In a letter in Wireless World, January 1983, I wrote that during 25 years of work, I have never succeeded in publishing any of my work on e-m theory in any British learned journal. This ban now extends to 35 years. However, Davis should particularly think about the refusal of the Establishment, when approached, to clarify the classical theory they are defending. Professor M. Pepper FRS and his boss Professor A. Howie FRS, head of the Cavendish, disagree with each other as to where the negative charge comes from in the Catt Anomaly, EW+WW sep87 They refuse to discuss it with us or with each other, or to say that the matter is of no importance. Not only are new theories ignored and suppressed. We also find that the Establishment is nonchalant about its contradictory versions of old theory. See also the co-existing, hopelessly contradictory, versions of a TEM wave pointed out in 'The Heaviside Signal', WW july79, which has been totally ignored.
http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/y7aiee.htm IEE paper. There has been no response. There is £100 for you, Leslie Green, if you get a recognised luminary to comment in writing on The Catt Anomaly. John Doner FIEE and Simmonds FIEE have for years been very frustrated that the IEE will not deal with this matter in a responsible manner. Tell them that the IEE is fine, and that Ivor is the problem. Dr. Arnold Lynch, one of the biggest names in the IEE and my co-author in http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/y7aiee.htm , has for years been trying to get the IEE to behave properly in the matter of the Catt Anomaly. (Arnold Lynch gave the keynote speech at the IEE centenary celebration of the discovery of the electron, because the discoverer told him about it! JJ Thomson and the Discovery of the Electron. On April 30, 1897. Arnold is an old man.) The truth I have found is, that there is no competence in the IEE over electromagnetic theory, which fact is being desperately covered up. (They do not need to cover up. They do not need technical competence. All they need do is convene a conference, and report the results. That is their duty. See Hockenjos, p55 in my book “The Catt Anomaly”.) Further, competence has been lost throughout the world, partly because of the silly behaviour of people like you, who should be checking on whether professors know the subject they were hired to teach. It is shocking and surprising to find out what we now know as a result of my work, that (for instance) comprehension of the TEM Wave has been lost by professors and text book writers worldwide. http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/17136.htm http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/20136.htm http://www.ivorcatt.com/2613.htm http://www.play-hookey.com/optics/tem_argument.html come from the first ten hits on Google for "TEM Wave". You can stand smugly by with the IEE and the IEEE, but the world is moving on. Also see Google for "Transverse Electromagnetic Wave"; http://www.ivorcatt.com/2604.htm . Compared with Arnold Lynch 01707 653822, who at 84 was brave to hazard his excellent reputation, your behaviour is totally destructive. We are in crisis, and your attitude is a very minor part of the crisis.
Ivor Catt 15july02
The 2001 edition of my book "The Catt Anomaly", p56, contains a copy of the letter I sent to all the irresponsible luminaries, more than four years after the only time any of them condescended to comment on The Catt Anomaly. See http://www.electromagnetism.demon.co.uk/zc048.htm It points out that I had never before corresponded with them directly, so your idea that they were being caused to respond under duress is false. The letter includes the questions; "Should Ivor Catt have approached the matter differently, and if so, how? How should he approach the matter now?" There was no response to these questions. They all know they have been caught with their pants down, shown up for not having a grasp of the subject that has earned their salaries for decades. I suggest that you apologise for that insinuation, that these shysters were under duress. Incidentally, your attempt at a technical comment on The Catt Anomaly above ("Now back to the problem.") is juvenile, but perhaps passable for an MIEE.
Ivor Catt 15july02