Letters to officials
Dear Editor, I shall be very grateful if you reply to my letter
addressed to May Chiao. She has not replied.
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These 33 words (above) are the only communication I ever received from “Nature Physics”. Ivor Catt 13th June 2010
The above was the first letter from anyone on the editorial board of "Nature Physics". Note that I did not propose that they publish my "article". I now give items from my letter (below) to May Chiao which make that clear;
1 "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"."
2 ""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, .... "
Note I also wrote, below; "Macmillan, the owners of your journal "Nature Physics", later re-published much of our lighter material in "Digital Hardware Design" ." However, May Chiao's husband is a Cambridge University lecturer, and her loyalty is obviously to academia, not to her employers, Macmillan! Her we see in operation the insidious synergy between academia and the learned journals, even defying their employers. Note that Chiao went much further than rejecting my proposals. She did not even reply to me.
Ivor Catt, 7 June 2009.
Letter to May Chiao, Associate Editor of Nature physics.
Ivor Catt, 121 Westfields,
St. Albans AL3 4JR, England.
+44 1727 864257
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,
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" .
St. Albans AL3 4JR
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"
Editor: May Chiao
scope of the journal
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.
Ivor agrees with Landis.
On Apr 13,
2006, at 8:18 AM, David Tombe wrote: