Academic apes


.In praise of academics in general, and in praise of scienticulists

Dr Neil McEwan,

Professor Michael Pepper FRS,

Professor M Pepper FRS

Dr James W Mink,                    Professor A Howie FRS

Professor Archie Howie FRS and Professor Philip E Secker in particular;


Said an ape as he swung by his tail,

To his children both female and male,

'From your offspring, my dears,

In a couple of years,

May evolve a professor at Yale.’

-Bennett Cerf (1898-1971), "Out on a Limerick" (Cerf was a graduate of Columbia University.)


From Oliver Heaviside.

"Whether good mathematicians, when they die, go to Cambridge, I do not know."

Ivor Catt aug00

Howie runs for cover

Cambridge hypocrisy

More Cambridge hypocrisy

Further praise


“Take the Catt Anomaly. …. Faced with evidence of a problem, a group of idiots have a choice between ignoring it, which is a short-term option only, or trying to discredit it by foul means. The idea of a third choice, of proper discussion, or fear-of-all-fears, of actually making progress in science by bringing clarity to bear on an important problem, would be admitting ignorance. Hence, every point raised is seen to be such a danger to a fragile subject that it must be guarded against the slightest inspection. An anomaly must be ignored or ridiculed. Progress would be a threat to the authority of those who fear revolutionary progress. So they would prefer to shoot themselves in the foot in the long-term …. They can still hope that the short-term cover-up will sweep away a problem for long enough for it to literally die. ….” – Editorial, Electronics World, August 2003, p3.






I asked an elementary question in classical electromagnetism. Top experts in Cambridge and in another university were instructed to reply to the question. They totally contradicted each other. They then refused to discuss their difference with each other. 


I took the problem of their contradiction  to the London Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE). Their top expert took the side of one expert. Then seven weeks later he switched to the other side. Shortly thereafter, he claimed that he was not an expert.

The IEE Chief Executive refused to give the question to another expert for comment.


I took the problem to the New York Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) with an identical outcome.


All these rogues continue to draw salary for teaching the faulty theory.


Ivor Catt  3june02


The Apelet



 My 1994 book Electromagnetism 1 is at

Catt et al., Digital Hardware Design , pub. Macmillan 1979


There once was an old man of Esser
Whose knowledge grew lesser and lesser.
It at last grew so small
He knew nothing at all
And now he's a college professor. Noam Esser