"The Emperor's New Clothes"


" .... I don't believe there's an atom of meaning in it."

"If there's no meaning in it," said the King, "that saves a world of trouble, you know, as we needn't try to find any. And yet I don't know, .... I seem to see some meaning in them .... " - Alice through the looking glass.


Nostradamus." ... none of the sources listed offers any evidence that anyone has ever interpreted any of Nostradamus' quatrains specifically enough to allow a clear identification of any event in advance.[1]"

Maxwell's half-empty vessel.

"From a long view of the history of mankind – seen from, say, ten thousand years from now – there can be little doubt that the most significant event of the 19th century will be judged as Maxwell’s discovery of the laws of electrodynamics. The American Civil War will pale into provincial insignificance in comparison with this important scientific event of the same decade." – R.P. Feynman, R.B. Leighton, and M. Sands, Feynman Lectures on Physics, vol. 2, Addison-Wesley, London, 1964, c. 1, p. 11. Oops! – Ivor Catt

"The special theory of relativity owes its origin to Maxwell's Equations of the electromagnetic field." (A. Einstein, p62 in P.A. Schilpp, editor, "Albert Einstein, Philosopher-Scientist", Library of Living Philosophy, 1949.)

.Maxwell's Equations revisited

The Hidden Message in Maxwell's Equations "So the only information about electromagnetism contained in the apparently sophisticated equations (9) and (10) is about the two constants in electromagnetism: the fixed velocity c, and that E, H at every point are in fixed proportion Z0. The remaining content of Maxwell’s Equations is hogwash."

Electromagnetic Theory vol. 2 p258-9 , p260-1 ,

Many years ago I noted that Maxwell's Equations not only contained no consideration of energy, but nobody ever claimed that they did. Recently I have ruminated that it is extraordinary that they do not lead to the mechanical force which results from some situations with electromagnetic fields ( p261 ). Without this force, Faraday would merely have heralded (through Heaviside) telecommunication, but lacking the electric motor, which requires a mechanical force, the industrial revolution would not have taken off. Thus. either the industrial revolution ignored Maxwell as interpreted by Heaviside, or electromagnetic theory is not mathematical as is now asserted.

Ivor Catt 26 May 2007





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