The Rising Star that didn’t.
Prestige figures in science have the same function as charismatic figures in politics and religion, or celebrities in entertainment. - Letter from the late Hiram Caton
A syndrome surrounding major scientific advance has never been noted, and those caught up in it deserve our sympathy. In the case of Oliver Heaviside, an example is his friend Oliver Lodge. In the case of Ivor Catt, we find two; Nigel Cook and John Dore.
It was a great achievement to discern a star before it rose, and attach oneself to it. The first step was to praise him, privately and publicly, in order to speed up the rise and advance the time when the disciple could bathe in its reflected glory. The budding disciple knew that he was prescient in discerning the new star before others did, and also knew that, living in a reasonably functioning milieu, such an obvious star was bound to rise.
However, payback time never seemed to come. This meant that either the would-be disciple has made a mistake, and the star was not a star, or the potential star himself was determined to not rise; “You don’t want to be recognised”; his rudeness alienated society, he refused to make his work clear, etc. See "Nutter" .
What is then extraordinary is the level of venom launched against the reluctant star – paranoid, rude, he lied, and so on, culminating in the charge that his work is wrong anyway. For a period, such a would-be disciple threatens the historical record. In around 2050, when the inquest into the decline of science comes, the unsullied historical record will be important. However, fortunately, the level of venom finally undermines the image of the previous disciple himself, not of the reluctant star. (However, I don’t know that Oliver Lodge descended to venom, so venom might be more recent.)
In the 1920s Oliver Heaviside was given the first Faraday Medal by the IEE London, so his contribution was recognised, as shown by the letter from the IEE . However, he was quite rapidly “disappeared”, so that in 1960 I had no knowledge that he had made any contribution to electromagnetic theory beyond proposing “The Heaviside Layer”. In 1960, that was all that was known about Heaviside’s Electromagnetic Theory, and he was not mentioned in any text book for more than half a century. So the pathology developing from the professionalisation of science was already evident.
More generally, the new breed of professional scientists, who took over from the rich amateur along with a very small number of dedicated “searchers after truth” like Faraday, took remarkably long to realise that professional science had to be stabilised in order to protect professionals’ salaries, reputations, pensions. Even lesser scientific advance, let alone paradigm shift, had to be blocked. There will be no future paradigm shifts in today’s professional science like those traumatic shifts from phlogiston and caloric.
Ivor Catt, 27 August 2014
29 Jan 2016
Jan 29 (3 days ago)
This is exactly what you are attempting to do eventually leading your cabal/coterie over the cliff edge into oblivion.
I do encourage you to wake up to reality but, alas, you are too convinced of your own infallibility that you listen to no one who does revere you as some god-like being and repeats your mantra.
If you replay your address at Newcastle University the first part you ramble through your distant past experiments in the USA as an introduction to establish some credibility followed by the unfounded 'Snake Oil' sales pitch on your current suggestions. The fact you think it was a good address shows the degree to which you are unaccustomed to listening to good addresses.
Meanwhile those of us who have an interest in making a meaningful contribution proceed unabashed (albeit decried by you).
If only you could show but one advantage of your supposed insight it would be a fantastic step forward ... but you do not --- so what is the point of what you do?
The only end result is the waste of as many peoples' time that you can contact.
Maybe it all because you live in an 'Alice in Wonderland' world where your thoughts are magnified into huge world impacting results. I guess 'Gulliver's Travels' may be another world too.
There are problems to be solved but you lack clearly any ability to make a meaningful contribution in so many years.
Jan 29 (3 days ago)
For some decades John said I should get a Nobel Prize.
John stayed in my home a month or so ago.
Why am i not allowed to be a normal person?
Jan 29 (3 days ago)
John Dore continues to interact with you, yet keeps telling you he wants nothing more to do with you at the same time? He is conflicted for reasons he alone knows. Part of him wants to believe and another part is afraid to. I find it fascinating that so many people are intrigued by these issues but then find them to be psychologically too extreme. There is a force of gravity pulling individuals in towards the center of what we might call conventional thinking. In John's case it is greater than his desire to embrace some new ideas.
He therefore has to attack Ivor to justify his position.
1 February 2016
12:08 PM (6 hours ago)
There was a man - his name was Catt
He thought he'd cause a stir
He made no difference - that's a fact
He could only purr
So much time wasted by so many
With what result you ask
The sad fact is you may reflect
He cannot match the task
But on he goes both day and night
Fixated on his dream
Alas poor Catt he does not know
Another will get the cream.
Ivor Catt <email@example.com>
Feb 4 2018
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If you want people to ignore you, keep it up. They have no obligation to tolerate name calling.
Argue your case. If people listen, great! If they don’t, fine. Harassing people doesn’t make your case stronger. Solving real problems makes your case stronger. I pointed to Compton Scattering ... .... "
The enemy within.
Perhaps in 1975, Mike Gibson wrote to me to say his University of Texas threatened to throw him out if he continued to spend so much time reading Heaviside and Catt in the library. Catt told him that if and when he was thrown out, he should come to stay with Catt for a month. He was later thrown out and came to me for a month. He programmed at the same speed as others play the piano. He was the world's top expert on Heaviside's five volumes. I do not know what drove him later, but he joined Microsoft very early and did the fonts and other things. If he got a stock option very early, he will be very rich. I have virtually not heard of Compton scattering. Where are his publications promoting Heaviside?
My co-author Dr. Dave Walton put an enormous amount of time and energy into electromagnetic theory. He has removed himself from the present imbroglio because "he knew I wanted a fight".
The Peer Review Cartel has blocked more or less any publication by Catt (and the politer Gibson and Walton) for fifty years. Recently peer reviewed journals comprehensively defamed and misrepresented Catt (but not Gibson or Walton). (pour encourager les autres?) One short ground breaking publication during that time has Catt and Gibson as co-authors. It is very important, and has been ignored. http://www.ivorcatt.co.uk/x22k1.pdf
Mike and Walton need to tell us about the later publications their gentlemanly behaviour has led to. I will add their location here;
So much for the rewards for politeness.
It took me many decades to realise that major scientific breakthrough is extremely damaging for all concerned. Even minor advance is damaging, and students don’t like it..
Crothers told his university in Australia that he was going to go to the heart of Relativity. He did some lecturing at the time. The university held a secret meeting and threw him out of university.
Some decades before, Theocharis told me he told Imperial he was going to the heart of Relativity.
http://www.ivorcatt.co.uk/x1cp.pdf He was rebuffed, and held court in the corridors and coffee shop in Imperial for some years, living on benefits.. In the end he gave up, returned to Cyprus, and was lost to science.
These people are among the leading scientists of the 20th century, and some of them believe they should take it and show that they continue to be gentlemen "or they will be ignored"!!!! Get real! They were too good, unfair competition, so the rabble (the Pop Scientists, whom the public prefer to real science) shut them out. (Pop scientists; Rees, Hawking, Cox, Penrose, Pepper etc. etc.)
I have just noticed that a Nobel prize winner is among this circulation. He is prevented from publishing because he tried to bring the paranormal into science. Should a Nobel Prize winner be prevented from publishing because he did not keep to the party line? Is he blocked because he is polite, or impolite? What has politesse to do with it? http://www.tcm.phy.cam.ac.uk/~bdj10/archivefreedom/main.html I know that when I met him he was polite. I cannot find his compendium of great scientists from the past who wrote about being blocked. Of course, it is worse today. The "science establishment", or "peer review mafia" (do a Google search for them) has moved from blocking to outright attack. http://www.ivorcatt.co.uk/x6611.htm
When the Italians, to get past peer review, got into the gutter defaming and misrepresenting Catt, Catt was willing to get into the gutter as well since he decided that was needed to save science. http://www.ivorcatt.co.uk/x5cw.htm
http://www.ivorcatt.co.uk/x59596.htm If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Saving science is a dirty business. Pop science has just received $100,000,000 of private money to look for aliens. CERN gets billions. CERN is now more powerful than governments. My visitor yesterday, a real scientist, cannot stand watching Brian Cox. Spineless scientists betray science.