The End of the Enlightenment

Ivor Catt,

April 2004.


The New Scholasticism

The Bare Cupboard

Original 1999 version

[* - * Enclosed with the copy of letter

sent to recipients on 25apr04]

*This letter is the first of its kind, and represents a major advance compared with scientists who have been suppressed in the past. It is particularly important to notice the following extract;


4. Should Ivor Catt have approached the matter differently, and if so, how? How should he approach the matter now?


This was an unprecedented attempt to rule out the possibility of a later rationalisation, that there were personality problems, or that Catt approached the matter in the wrong way. Also notice;


To exclude the possibility of personality problems, I have not until now communicated with the main parties direct.


These two items show that this experiment on the Scientific Reception System breaks new ground. Certainly, far more care and effort has gone into it than in any previous case, including the case of Galileo. Continually, an eye was kept on previous cases. This makes it a historical landmark.


Only one communication was ever received from Pepper .

Only one communication was ever received from McEwan , except for five years later. Except for the single McEwan attempt , all of the rabbits caught in the glare had nothing to offer to resolve the problem, and no ideas as to how to resolve it.

Ivor Catt  25apr04*

Ivor Catt, 121 Westfields,

St. Albans AL3 4JR, England.

01727 864257

+44 1727 864257




Second copy sent 4feb00 except to [10], [13] and [14]

25feb00, copies sent to [15] and [16]

25apr04, copies sent to those listed here .

Dear Sirs,

The Catt Anomaly

by I. Catt, pub. Westfields Press, 1996, ISBN 0 906340 13 6

([dec1999] To exclude the possibility

of personality problems, I have not

until now communicated with the

main parties direct.)

The book with the above title was published in 1996. It is available on my website, and there is a copy in Trinity College Library, Cambridge.

Since then, the Lynch-Catt paper on the problem was given at the IEE Group S7 Conference on 10 July 1998. This paper was later published in the Conference Proceedings, and is available on my website, (the key diagram , p3 of the book The Catt Anomaly , being enclosed herewith).

Your responsibility in this matter is discussed in the book, which is about to be re-issued.

You are invited to send me your comments for inclusion, unedited, in the new edition of the book. Your comments will also go onto my website.

You may also want to avail yourself of "Riposte", which is explained on my website Home Page. This enables you to have a hyperlink from anywhere on my website, to a website of your choosing, to rebut any assertion made on my website.

You may or may not wish to respond to these specific questions;

1. Is the Westerner view ( Howie , McEwan ) incompatible with the Southerner view ( Pepper )?

2. Are you a Westerner or a Southerner?

3. Should a conference be convened to discuss The Catt Anomaly? (See p55 of my book.) If so, who should organise it, who finance it, and who should be guest speakers? (I note that G De Santillana, in The Crime of Galileo, pub. 1955, writes that the main mistake in handling Galileo [the earth moves] was to approach it administratively, which is your mistake over The Catt Anomaly. ".... if a decision had to be taken, a council was in order. To deal with the question on an administrative level [Note 1] was not only an arbitrary procedure; it was an inexcusable mistake, which is the necessary premise to the graver mistake of the trial sixteen years later...." - De Santillana, p137)

4. Should Ivor Catt have approached the matter differently, and if so, how? How should he approach the matter now?

Best wishes, Ivor Catt


Dean of Engineering, University of Bradford, BD7 1DP, UK

2] Dr. N.J. McEwan, Reader in Electromagnetics, University of Bradford, BD7 1DP, UK

Professor M Pepper FRS, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge CB3 0HE

Professor A. Howie FRS, 196 Huntingdon Rd., Cambridge

Vice Chancellor, Cambridge University.

Master, Trinity College, Cambridge

The Secretary, IEE, Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL

Professor Secker, IEE, Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL

10] James W Mink, IEEE, Chairman MTT-15, North Carolina State University, Box 7911, Raleigh, NC 27695-7911

Robert T Wangemann, Managing Director, Technical Activities, IEEE, 445 Hoes Lane, PO Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331

Note 1.

".... Dr. Mink generously took his personal time to provide you with a reply. With respect to the views of Professor Pepper and Dr. McEwan, he stated that "I am in general agreement with their assessment of the "Catt Anomaly"."

We do not believe it to be appropriate to again search out a volunteer to review another volunteer's reply." - RT Wangemann.... 5feb97.

12] The Executive Secretary, The Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

"Two Fellows of the Royal Society, Professor A Howie and Professor M Pepper, give diametrically opposed versions of a rudimentary aspect of electromagnetic theory, the subject central to their expertise which led to their appointment as Fellows of the Royal Society ...." - IC to Dr PT Warren, Royal Soc, 24sep95

23jan00, copies sent to [13] and [14]

13] Chief Executive, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, 345E 47th St., New York, NY 10017, USA

The President, Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London W1N 3DH

14] Professor Ken Collier (Wheatstone Lecture Dec97),

University of Kent, Canterbury

25feb00, copies sent to [15] and [16]

15] Professor Malcolm Longair, The Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge.

16] Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor of Physics, The Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge

Dr. Chris Morley, Vice Master, Trinity College, Camberidge


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