"Catt's Anomaly"

The author Pieraccini's novel

Animation of “The Catt Question”.

Westerner answer . Southerner answer .

Hyperlinks for my comments on the article "Catt's Anomaly" by Massimiliano Pieraccini and Stefano Selleri, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, Vol. 54, No. 6, December 2012, pp 240 – 241.

Extracts from their article "Catt's Anomaly"

amateurs and bizarre men away from academia, ....

Ivor Catt is probably one of these [2], an engineer and amateur scientist

Sir Michael Pepper (born August 10, 1942), a renowned physicist ....

Besides some wrong explanations [e.g. by Pepper] incompatible with Gauss’ Law, most of the answers agreed in considering the problem not to be an anomaly at all.

 Catt tried to develop his own theory ....

 Giuseppe Pelosi A “Full Professor of the Electromagnetic Field”, he refuses to give his opinion as to whether “The Catt Question” points to 1; a fatal flaw in classical theory, 2; no fatal flaw, or 3; he is unsure.

“Catt had published extensively in IEEE journals up to 1967.”

"Crosstalk (Noise) in digital systems." 20pp

"The Glitch" . Professor Kinniment   “They did not believe a problem existed, and if it did, they didn’t want to know. Nevertheless, he [Catt] wrote a short note about it and got it published in an IEEE journal in 1966. The note is written rather obscurely, and has errors in it, but the drift is clear, there’s a problem.”

“Chaney and Littlefield had had considerable difficulty persuading the [peer] reviewers to accept their paper, referees would say things like “if this was a problem, I would have heard about it.  I haven’t so I don’t think it exists”.”

"Computer Worship"For a bibliography on the glitch, see T.J. Chaney and C.E. Molnar, “Anomalous Behaviour of Synchronizer and Arbiter Circuits”, IEEE Transactions on Electronic Computers, April 1973. The subject still has not risen above the correspondence columns in that august journal. [7 years after my IEEE paper.]

Two ProcIEEE papers

"Wireless World" ; "Death of Electric Current"

The Second Catt Question

Second article by the authors in "Physics Education" .

My email to the author.


   Ching-Wen Hsue


Three Editors Campanario (1995) affirms that eight authors won

 the Nobel Prize after their prize winning ideas were initially rejected by reviewers and editors.

No mention of paradigm change in the lengthy article




Harry Ricker


Stephen Crothers