“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher. 1788-1860.
I enjoyed myself thanks to the presence of C.Bron, S.D.Swierstra (who moderated the panel discussion) and B.Waumans, people I know for years but whom I encounter only rarely. The highlight, however, was being introduced to Mr. Ivor Catt, whom I had never met in person, though I knew very well who he was.
Before The Wakefield Experiment had been done, Nobel Prizewinner Brian Josephson (for this purpose representing the Establishment) said that my predicted results (based on one theory of mine, the decades old revolutionary contrapuntal theory) were compatible with classical electromagnetic theory, which they are not. "Steady Charged Capacitor is not steady at all." . This is even more extreme than the credible idea that any future experimental results will be absorbed into the pre-existing Establishment theory. He is telling us that Establishment theory is even more versatile and flexible, and will even absorb future experimental results predicted from revolutionary theory.
What is at stake is enormous. The removal of Caloric, or Phlogiston, or Electricity undermines so many careers, reputations, promotions.
Wikipedia "Talk" on Ivor Catt, 13 September 2012 ; 2 ; “This is why the facts are more important than such opinions and insults, such as the fact that a lot of the work is not Catt's, and that his successful inventions built on the discoveries of others such as Heaviside, Dr Walton, Davidson, Mike S. Gibson, and several others.”
Sir Michael Pepper Fid. Def.
Pepper on "The Catt Question" (nonsense).
Rise and Fall of Bodies of Knowledge “ .... the 'guardians of the faith', the high priests, will have sunk to an all-time low, becoming worried, inadequate functionaries .... “
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1983 and was elected a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1982. In 1987 he received the Hughes Medal. Previously he had received the Europhysics Prize of the European Physical Society, and the Guthrie Prize of the Institute of Physics both in 1985. The Institute of Physics awarded Sir Michael the first Mott Prize in 2000. He had previously given the first Mott Lecture in 1985. He was awarded the Royal Medal in 2005 for his "work which has had the highest level of influence in condensed matter physics and has resulted in the creation of the modern field of semiconductor nanostructures," gave the Royal Society's Bakerian Prize Lecture in 2004 and received a knighthood in the 2006 New Year's Honours list for services to physics.
– Ivor Catt, 13 May 2012
http://www.wbabin.net/uploads/journal_reprints/respondents/journal_reprints_respondents_science_journal_26.pdf The consistency of Ivor Catt’s misrepresentation of Maxwell’s laws is remarkable. – Dermod O’Reilley.
Used to get a lot of column inches in Wireless World letters pages - can't tell if he's a genius or a nutter.
« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 11:18:12 AM » The line between genius and madness is of nano scale proportions.
Ivor is considered eccentric to many in the electrical/electronics fields (some may say that is an excessively generous description), but his data cannot be dismissed out of hand.
Ivor Catt: A genius of physics doomed to ostracism by maintrean swine
a raving bugshit lunatic site such as Ivor Catt's website - Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka
Ivor Catt's not-so-vague attacks are the pseudo-scientific garbage. I explained why I do not give him any credibility about fundamental physics: he has shown that he does not understand electromagnetism
Ivor Catt is a British electronics engineer known principally for his controversial ideas on electromagnetism. His most recent challenge to the status quo in electromagnetism is called "The Catt Anomaly". He has been considered a crank by a large part of the science and electrical engineering community.
Jan 22, 2011 - 06:28:13 am EST
There are many other crackpots, so is he more funny than his
Sun, 16 Jan 2011 21:45:28 -0800 (PST)
Just to let any academics here know that Ivor Catt has managed to
Mr. Ivor Catt is a nutter. If the section on his views on digital logic doesn't make any sense, right, so? There's no reason to think that his views make any sense either. Did you read his quote about radar and the Sheffield? -- Kevin Brunt (talk) 18:08, 4 April 2008 (UTC) – Kevin Brunt
Catt is certainly paranoid and ignorant, - Nigel Cook
Ivor is completely ignorant of modern physics, - Nigel Cook
Note from Nigel Cook:
The diagrams in that article you quote, ignores radio emission occurring at the front of a logic step! Catt got the "Catt anomaly" wrong by relying on a book published in 1893 which ignored the step effects at the front of the TEM wave. Asserting ignorance is wrong. At the front of a logic step, current rises (in accepted picture) and this results in radio emission. Since each conductor is oppositely charged and carries an opposite current, the radio emission from each conductor (acting as aerials) is exactly out of phase with the other and so completely cancels that from the other as seen at a large distance. – Nigel
But he is proud of everything he writes on the subject, regardless of how wrong it is, and tells me he doesn't find it helpful of me to point out errors he has made – Nigel
Ivor’s diagram is a red-herring. Yet Ivor responds by ignoring this, instead of correcting it. Ivor claims to be progressive, but actually ties his theory to Heaviside’s errors. It’s extremely disappointing that he chooses to be pseudo-scientific like this, and tries to shoot the messenger, a policy tried by Stalin with Trotsky. Ivor should ideally keep to the empirically defensible facts, not horses**t theories by Heaviside. – Nigel
http://www.ivorcatt.com/2629.htm .... the articles are wrong in almost every detail and it is vital that this should be clearly demonstrated before undue damage is done. .... ; Catt's belief in his own work is clearly sincere, but this reviewer, after lengthy and careful consideration, can find virtually nothing of value in this book. - B. LAGO
Kirk T MacDonald of Princeton . Very reasonably, MacDonald thinks Catt asked Pepper a different question, since the Pepper reply bears no relationship to the Question http://www.ivorcatt.co.uk/cattq.htm that Pepper thinks he is replying to. Extraordinarily, Professor Brian Josephson insists that the Pepper reply http://www.ivorcatt.com/2812.htm is relevant to the Question that Pepper was asked to reply to.
http://cosmoquest.org/forum/showthread.php?143693-Eric-Dollard-s-style-of-presentation “I don't know why you would class either of them as "ATM". I'm not really sure (speaking as an engineer) if the concept of "mainstream" applies to engineering or not; things tend to either work or not work. Although the name Ivor Catt comes to mind ... (if you are not familiar with his ideas, I recommend you stay that way.)”
Rae West . Ray’s anti-Semitism seems to get more virulent. My association with him is rather peculiar, in view of my past. The two leading people I joust within my field, electromagnetic theory, are Jewish. During the first 50 years of my life I became more and more uncomfortable as such a large proportion of those I associated with turned out to be Jewish. They “turned out to be” because I am unable to distinguish between Jew and Gentile. I suggest other people have the same problem. When I bought a house, in Los Angeles or in Connecticut, my neighbours turned out to be Jewish. As to conspiracy, one Jewish neighbour said she would not enter the other Jewish neighbour’s house “for fear she would dirty the floor”. Of the three men I have gone on holiday with abroad, one was Jewish. I began to think I had a problem over associating with gentiles, and was relieved when the two men in my three man research team were Gentiles. I know Rae, a holocaust denier, visited David Irving . One of my best friends, a German from Berlin, Ernest Morton 2 , co-founder of Asylumaid, lost all his eleven relatives to the Nazis, except one brother, a Communist leader, whom the Communists killed along with other European Communist leaders. His mother refused to accompany him, but he got across the German-Belgian border two hours before it closed. In the war, he was interned, and later served in the British Army, manning a field gun in Italy. http://www.big-lies.org/science-revisionism/ivor-catt-transcription.html
Castagana “>>incoming EM plane waves and cause these radio waves to bend towards the tiny antenna. This increases the antenna's EA (effective area or effective aperture.) We can alter the coupling between the antenna and the surrounding space, but the total energy still follows the conservation law. The altered fields only change the "virtual size" (EA) of the antenna. "
Yes, Ivor Catt of Britain has made a website dedicated to this conundrum, but many at 'Electronic's World' publication think he is a crackpot .”
None of Catt’s books or articles mention “radio waves”. – Ivor Catt
Polanyi and Kuhn say that across a paradigm barrier, both parties necessarily assert that the other side is incompetent.
M Polanyi, Personal Knowledge, RKP 1958 http://www.ivorcatt.co.uk/x232.pdf “Such comprehensive rejection cannot fail to discredit the opponent. He will be made to appear as thoroughly deluded, which in the heat of the battle will easily come to imply that he is a fool, a crank or a fraud.”
T.S.Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, pub. 1969; “They essentially talk through each other.”