Excerpt from Huxley on Catt Anomaly

 

The Catt Anomaly p67

From Sir Andrew Huxley, OM, FRS [Nobel prizewinner, ex Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.] 14may00

 

Dear Mr. Catt,

I much enjoyed our conversation at dessert in Trinity a week ago.

Thank you for your letter. Before I received it, I got your book [The Catt Anomaly] out of the library at Trinity. My reactions to the main point, as stated on your p. 3, are as follows.

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I confess that I find it unsatisfactory that you dismiss Pepper's discussion as "drivel" (p. 5, bottom) and make no attempt to explain what you think is wrong with it.

An analagous situation exists in nerve conduction, the field in which I worked for many years with Alan Hodgkin. The best-understood nerve fibre ..... .... .... .... .... Yours sincerely,

Andrew Huxley.

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Ivor Catt, 121 Westfields,

St. Albans AL3 4JR, etc

27may00 second copy sent 2july00

Sir Adrian Huxley, OM, FRS,

Manor Field, 1 Vicarage Drive,

Grantchester, Cambridge, CB3 9NG

Dear Sir Andrew Huxley,

The Catt Anomaly

Thank you for your letter dated 14may00.

I quote from your letter; "I confess that I find it unsatisfactory that you dismiss Pepper's discussion as 'drivel' (p. 5, bottom) and make no attempt to explain what you think is wrong with it."

I would refer you to page 11, bottom, of the same book The Catt Anomaly; ".... Pepper, (defying Gauss's Law by) producing charge from the south from inside the conductor like a rabbit from a hat.... The Westerner view could have been brazened out, .... but .... Pepper's ingenious but mad Southerner view could not."

According to Gauss's Law [see below], rearrangement of charge already in the relevant section of the conductor could not enable it to terminate more electric flux than heretofore. Movement of charge ".... at right angles to the direction of propagation of the wave .... " (Pepper, p5,) can have no bearing on the Catt Anomaly.