Electromagnetic Theory

State of play in 2004

Ivor Catt

Ivor Catt  28mar04

I find that even my closest colleagues find it difficult to retain clarity over what is happening in electromagnetic theory, and its implications.

They are definitely not watching an attempt to gain attention, or recognition, or acceptance of new theory of electromagnetism. Any such attempt was abandoned decades ago.

It is important to appreciate the timescale of this adventure. It is far longer than any previous confrontation in history between an innovator and a conservative Establishment. Such confrontations, for instance between Galileo and the Church, usually have a span of less than twenty years. In contrast, the saga of Ivor Catt and Electromagnetic Theory has already lasted for 40 years, from 1964 to 2004. This makes it unprecedented, and that alone should give observers reason to suspect that it has gone through many more stages than, for instance, the confrontation between Lavoisier and the Establishment over oxidation, or Darwin over Natural Selection. Admittedly, Heaviside’s collision with the Establishment lasted for forty years, surely ending when he was given “…. the IEE Faraday Medal, the highest honour which this Institution confers ….. that began in 1922 with Oliver Heaviside.”  However, unlike Catt, Heaviside failed to move on from the typical normal first stages in the behaviour of an unrecognised, or suppressed, innovator. It is worth noting that Heaviside’s subject, involving the previous longest standoff, was the same subject as Catt’s.

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