For the first time for decades, I have been re-reading my book “Computer Worship”, published 1972. I find a great deal of discussion of problems within the IEE and IEEE. This means that these problems have continued for more than fifty years, and remain the same.

This covers the full period when Tony Davies was on the Board of Directors of the IEEE.


Professor Federico di Trocchio is the icing on the cake. This is the final piece in the jigsaw leading to a fascinating book.

Federico Di Trocchio (born March 30, 1949 in Lenola

 , Italy) was an Italian historian of science . He taught at the University of Lecce since 1992 (since 2000 as a professor) and most recently, since 2006, at the University of "La Sapienza" in Rome .

Di Trocchio was secretary of the Società Italiana di Storia della Scienza from 1999 to 2009. In 2005, he was elected as the corresponding member of the Académie Internationale d'histoire des sciences

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Di Trocchio is considered a Casanova expert. He was editor of the Encyclopaedia Italiana di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti ("Treccani"), and a weekly newspaper (" L'Espresso


Di Trocchio became known through his popular science books on the history of natural sciences, two of which were also translated into German.


·         Ernst Mach , Museo Galileo , Florence 1980 (Italian) .

·         The great fraud, fraud, and falsification in science . Campus, Frankfurt am Main 1994 (original title: Le bugie della scienza , Mondadori, Milano 1993, translated by Andreas Simon), ISBN 3-593-35116-1 ; Paperback: rororo 60809, Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 1999, ISBN 3-499-60809-X (The German edition was abridged in agreement with the author).

·         Newton's suitcase, ingenious outsiders who blamed the science . Campus, Frankfurt am Main 2001 (original title: Il genio incompreso , Mondadori, Milano 1997, translated by Andreas Simon), ISBN 3-593-35976-6 ;Paperback edition: rororo 60830, Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 2001, ISBN 3-499-60820-0 .


Il genio incompreso  “The misunderstood genius”, book by Di Trocchio.

He quotes Catt;

A very extensive discussion of Catt and “The Catt Question”. Here we have one eminent Italian professor talking up Catt, only to be scoffed at a few decades later by three Florence professors, including an incompetent “answer” to “The Catt Question” by Pieraccini published by the IEEE, which has blocked Catt for 50 years. Catt’s reply to the Italians was butchered before being published.

Di Trocchio writes about Catt’s major contributions, including “Catt Spiral”, also blocked by the IEE and IEEE. He does not mention government funded research projects into “Catt Spiral” at three universities. Decades later, three Italian professors publish in the IEEE that Catt is “outside of academia and structured research”. (Sir Clive Sinclair set up a company to develop “Catt Spiral”, and it came to market with acclaim.)


Di Trocchio;

In June 1993 a provoking notice by Ivor Catt appeared in Electronics World and Wireless World headed "The Catt's Challenge". There was to read: " It needed a new initiative to get out of stagnation in which it is today electromagnetism. I'm probably the most famous person who works in the field, but none of the competent never will admit that he had heard or read something of my theories, I will want to expose themselves to commentaries unfavourably. In particular, no one will admit that he had heard of '' anomaly Catt, "which I made in 1987, and on which the bottom of my arguments. Consequently it cannot even be raised whether the textbooks and university degree courses should be changed or not.

Florence Professor Pieraccini 2011

In his novel "L'anomalia" , Massimo, who my translator  says represents its author Massimiliano Pieraccini, says;

«Are you kidding “Nobody with an ounce of common sense would risk their career and scientific reputation to study the Catt anomaly” Massimo thought,  “and even if they were spending time on this, they wouldn’t be telling people about it”.