Lago on Catt


We find ourselves in a circular argument. Catt asks a question, “The Catt Question”. Catt does not suggest that there is an anomaly in our revered Classical Electrodynamics. He may have done so decades ago when he had not been reassured by luminaries Pepper and McEwan . However, he finds himself confused by the apparent contradiction between them, and asks for clarification. At that point, he should have named his future discussions “The Catt Question”.


Like Pepper, Lago is a Southerner, and assures us that the requisite negative charge comes from the south, from inside the conductor. He concludes that there is no anomaly, but in doing so he leaves McEwan, Reader in Electromagnetism, out in the cold. I would be grateful if Lago would assert that McEwan and other Southerners, for instance Howie, Head of the Cavendish, are wrong (or perhaps also correct!).


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[Even if Catt were uncertain as to the validity of a theory at a time when most of today's engineers were still at school, he is entitled to change his view 20 years later, and merely ask for details of the theory he now accepts. We cannot accept the principle that the only person in the world who is not allowed to change his views is Catt.]


[The author of actually gives one answer out of the two Establishment answers to the Catt Question; the Pepper, or Southerner, answer. He is valuable, because the Southerner answer is given by fewer luminaries than is the Westerner answer, so Lago reinforces the inferior Pepper stable.]