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Re: Keeping up with the theory (was is Corum and Corumforbidden topic?)
Original poster: "Paul Nicholson by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <paul-at-abelian.demon.co.uk>
I very much appreciated everyone's comments.
When all's said and done we're just amateurs playing at research
and there's no real legitimacy to any of our work. Our standards
fall well short of the professionals and it would take considerable
effort by a professional to turn the inept tssp documentation into
something publishable. Nevertheless, I think we can make progress
in a scientific sort of way, and obtain results to our own
satisfaction. This list seems to be the only critical forum around,
and can function as such providing everyone makes the effort to be
more critical of the stuff that comes their way.
I've been looking again at the TCBA index, and despite the examples
of pseudoscience creeping in, the subject list hints of many
interesting or historically important articles. Early on, up to
around vol 6, it looks pretty respectable. Can anyone say why it
came to a halt? What's going to happen to all that material?
Altogether it amounts to a huge volume of information, and even if
90% was obsolete or nonsense, the remainder would still represent a
significant tome - I can only ponder the thousands of man-hours of
thought, experiment, and calculation which that could represent. Is
that effort going to be lost to the mists of time? What are the
chances of extracting the worthwhile articles and giving them a new
life on the Internet?
I can see that the lack of commercial prospects would lead to a
dearth of funds or enthusiasm for professional research. Maybe we
should be making an effort to find applications?
I quite like the idea of an online magazine, but who would decide
the content? It would have to be an expert - someone who could
recognise a bit of nonsense when it came their way.
Anyway, I'd like to know more about the TCBA. If it really was
a 'noble endeavour' as Ed put it, then I shouldn't be bashing it
because of a few failings. Perhaps instead we should be looking for
Ray van Postel wrote:
> How do you determine the distributed capacitance of a solenoid from
> its physical dimensions? That is a Holy Grail that has not been
Well, I would say it has, albeit in an amateurish sort of way,
> Wrong is Wrong.
Well said. Our only source of legitimacy is the use of a scientific
process. Without that arbitration by logic and nature, one theory
is just as good as another.