"Electronics
World", May 2009, p16

WaveParticle duality and The Catt Question Lord Martin Rees, Professor Martin
Rees, Sir Michael Pepper FRS, Brian Josephson , Professor Howie
FRS, Dr Neil McEwan, May Chiao 
18 July 2009 Comment on my letter,
published in "Electronics World", May 2009. This is one paragraph from that letter; "There is a general idea, stated to me
by Professor Howie, then Head of the Cavendish,
that "Physical reality is composed of sine waves." The entrenched
idea that classical electromagnetic theory refers only to sine waves is very
important, since it submerges "The Catt Question" in complexity and
confusion. The truth is that "The Catt Question" exposes a
fundamental problem for classical electromagnetism which has been hidden by
the general commitment to sine waves. It is very simple, and discusses a
single voltage step travelling at the speed of light guided by two
conductors. Unfortunately, experts in electromagnetic theory cannot
"see" a single step, but in their brains they convert it into an
array of sine waves. This makes it too difficult for them to grasp the
fundamental, simple problem, "The Catt Question"." Since May, it has occurred to me that there
is another factor which is deeply debilitating when a luminary  academic or
text book writer  tries to grasp "The Catt Anomaly". This is
"waveparticle duality". In order to grasp "The Catt
Question", it is important for ones mind to
not be cluttered by the notion of particles. This is easy for me, because
decades ago I excluded the particle from my worldview. I am not alone. "We all of us have some idea of what
the basic axioms in physics will turn out to be. The quantum or particle will
surely not be amongst them; the field, in Faraday's and Maxwell's sense,
could possibly be, but it is not certain."  Einstein in "The BornEinstain Letters" by Max Born, pub. Macmillan 1971.
p164. Here, Einstein showed prescience. Whereas
he had the electric field and the magnetic field, under my aegis they morphed
into a single permissible field, the ExH
electromagnetic field, or TEM Wave. When considering "The Catt
Question", if photons and suchlike are cluttering a luminary's brain, he
must find the very simple case, of a TEM Step, extremely difficult to grasp. In my article "The Heaviside
Signal" , I quote Einstein promoting "The Rolling Wave",
where E causes H causes E. That also hopelessly confuses "The Catt
Question". The simple, clear representation that makes "The Catt
Question" easy to comprehend is what I have called "The Heaviside
Signal", where E and H coexist, and do not cause each other. With this
view, the TEM Wace is monolithic, what Heaviside called "a slab of
energy current", and moves forward unchanged at the speed of light. The
problem that no one noticed for a century was that this meant electric charge
had to move at the speed of light  the fatal flaw posed by "The Catt
Question". [Added on 12 June 2013.] P241 “Schrödinger gave
his inaugural professorial lecture .... on 13 April
1956. The theme was his familiar message about the nature of reality and the
superiority of the wave model to the waveparticle duality of the Copenhagen Interpretation .... “  Gribbin P254 “’With a very few exceptions (such as
Einstein and Laue) all the rest of theoretical physicists were unadulterated
asses and I was the only sane person left.’ He complained that his efforts to
get people to take the puzzle of waveparticle duality seriously had fallen
on stony ground .... ‘ ....
they say, I insist upon the view that “all is waves” .... ‘. “ – from John Gribbin, “Erwin Schrödinger
and the Quantum Revolution”, pub. Bantam 2012 Compare
with Einstein; "We all of us have some idea of what
the basic axioms in physics will turn out to be. The quantum or particle will
surely not be amongst them; the field, in Faraday's and Maxwell's sense,
could possibly be, but it is not certain."  Einstein in "The BornEinstain Letters" by Max Born, pub. Macmillan 1971.
p164. Compare with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave%E2%80%93particle_duality
; “Wave–particle duality is deeply embedded into the foundations of quantum mechanics, so well that modern
practitioners rarely discuss it as such. In the formalism of the theory, all the
information about a particle is encoded in its wave
function, a complexvalued function roughly analogous to the
amplitude of a wave at each point in space. This function evolves according
to a differential equation (generically called
the Schrödinger equation), and this equation has
solutions that follow the form of the wave equation. Propagation of such
waves leads to wavelike phenomena such as interference and diffraction.


