“The Catt Question” 40 years ago. The lost 40 years.


Howie’s role. cattq

IEE Book review. ; . Contradicts Howie.

Pepper worked for Howie, and contradicts him.

Why did Howie do nothing for 40 years?

Breaking eggs.

Re: question



Prof. A Howie <>

9 Jun 2020, 14:52

to Steve, Brian, me, Malcolm, Anthony, Alex, Forrest, John, michael.pepper, massimiliano.pieraccini, Ed

Dear Steve Crothers,

Nearly 40 years ago I tried without success to convince Ivor Catt that
the many relatively slow moving electrons in a wire could nevertheless
be linked to an EM wave propagating at the velocity of light.  I used
the analogy of the so-called Mexican wave in a football crowd which can
propagate swiftly across the stadium when all the spectators make small
but correlated movements to right or left.  Quite possibly I will again
fail in trying to reassure you! The electric current and the EM wave are
completely linked to one another.  Which caused the other may not be a
sensible question since you can't have one without the other.  There
might be a clue if, immediately after the start of current flow and EM
wave was found with a component propagating away from the wire or
conversely if prior to the current flow an EM wave from some external
source was found to be impinging on the wire.




Re: Did Howie just change from Southerner to Westerner?



Prof. A Howie <>

Wed, 10 Jun, 12:29

to Forrest, me, Ed, Steve, Brian, Malcolm, Anthony, Alex, John, michael.pepper, massimiliano.pieraccini

My earlier message was simply trying to clarify for those who need it
the possibility that atoms, electrons or other entities in a medium
which can individually move at a characteristic velocity v, can in a
coordinated fashion generate through their interaction a wave with a
velocity much higher than v.  This was definitely the initial issue in
my discussions with Ivor Catt when he kept lots arguments about rolling
lines of eggs from London to Oxford.

10 june 2020


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Genesis of The Catt Anomaly


Peter G. M. Dawe, Wireless World aug81.

. Catt’s very interesting article in Wireless World December 1980 …. If he is correct in his analysis it would imply that a lot of our fundamental teaching in electronics is wrong…

The author replies:

Mr Dawe’s recapitulation, para. 2, deals with a so-called ‘steady state’ situation. Conventional theory covers for these quite well; it was developed for that purpose. However, conventional theory cannot cope with the transient condition, as we shall see. Consider the situation ¼ nanosecond after we close the switches in the diagram below [of a battery connected through two switches and then through two long parallel conductors, to a resistor.]

A voltage-current step has advanced three inches to the right. Behind the step, there is a voltage drop between the wires. The E lines must terminate on electrons in the lower wire. It follows that behind the step the lower conductor contains more electrons per inch than is contained in the uncharged section ahead of the step..