I
knew that science was under siege from;

Careerists

Instrumentalists

Mathematics

Sine wave

EMC
Incubus

Only
yesterday did I realise that academics and mathematicians are one and the same.

Ivor Catt 30
August 2018

Remarkable
coincidences.

I deviated from my usual reading to read P W
Musgrave, “Sociology, History and Education”, Pub. Methuen 1970. Chapter 4 by J. Wellens;

“…. At least up to the time of the Great Exhibition
of 1851 the Industrial Revolution owed little or nothing to the universities or
to men with university training.

“Thus was created
that estrangement between the worlds of industry and education which persists
in some measure to this day [1959] and which has had such grievous
consequences. …. …. the painful birth of industrial man, the universities
remained calmly aloof. …. …. Conflict between the two worlds ….”

I myself, graduating from Cambridge
in 1959, experienced the divorce between academia and hi tec
industry.

As my hero is Heaviside, I always went along with
his; “Then there were the remarkable researches of Faraday, the prince of experimentalists,
on electrostatics and electrodynamics and the induction of currents …. The
crowning achievement was reserved for the heaven-sent Maxwell, a man whose
fame, great as it is now, has, comparatively speaking, yet to come.” (“Electromagnetic
Theory” vol. 1, page 8)

I went along with Heaviside’s respect for Maxwell,
even though Heaviside *did* write; “Now, there are spots before the sun,
and I see no good reason why the many faults in Maxwell's treatise should be
ignored. It is most objectionable to stereotype the work of a great man,
apparently merely because it was so great an advance, and because of the great
respect thereby induced.” O. Heaviside, “Electromagnetic
Theory” vol 1 p68, 1893

However, straight after Wellens I went to Maxwell, and found him dreadful; http://www.ivorcatt.co.uk/x88tmax.pdf

It got worse when I read his
Introduction; pix; “When I had translated
what I considered to be Faraday’s ideas into a mathematical form …. ”. Here we find confirmation of the idea that the
unscholarly Faraday “could not and did not really effect his discovery of
electromagnetic induction. Rather, he stumbled into it, but it could only be
properly exploited decades later, after Professor Maxwell had placed a
mathematical structure upon Faraday’s fumbling, unscholarly ideas.” http://www.ivorcatt.co.uk/774c.htm

Only now did I realise that this was a
takeover bid by the academic Maxwell of something achieved by the
non-university, practical men. The appalling mathematics was dumped on my (and
Faraday’s) physical subject by the academic Maxwell and all academics since
then, as they further added to the ridiculous maths.

The primary role of an academic is to
stabilise the knowledge, to ensure lecture notes and text books continue to
sell. Students connive in this (contradicting Pauli), not wanting the knowledge
they are learning and taking examinations in to be subject to confusing change.
More can be added to the extraordinary maths, but the fundamentals must remain
the same. The mathematics is the incantations of shamans. The
less intelligible, the more effective.

The problem for this system for
capturing scientific advance and burying it in incantations is that there are
errors in the incantations which cannot be admitted. More mathematics can be
added, but none can be removed, or the text books and lecture notes are in
danger.

http://www.ivorcatt.org/ic3804.htm
; http://www.ivorcatt.co.uk/x18j73.pdf

http://www.ivorcatt.co.uk/x18j184.pdf

http://www.ivorcatt.co.uk/x18j190.pdf

http://www.ivorcatt.co.uk/x18j197.pdf