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Prof. Ian McCausland
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Prof. Ian McCausland About
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Professor of Electrical Engineering
Interests: Relativity Age: 87

Ian McCausland was born in Lisbellaw, Northern Ireland.  He was for many years a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering (now the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) at the University of Toronto, and is now Professor Emeritus. He holds B.Sc. (1949) and M.Sc. (1950) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Queen's University of Belfast, Ph.D. (1958) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and Ph.D. (1964) in Control Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He is the author of a textbook Introduction to Optimal Control (Wiley, 1969). He became actively involved in the critical study of relativity in 1972, and was a supporter of Professor Herbert Dingle for some years before his death in 1978. McCausland arranged for the posthumous publication of Dingle's last paper in Wireless World (October 1980). He subsequently attended courses in logic and philosophy of science at the University of Toronto, completed a major undergraduate program in philosophy, and graduated with a B.A. degree in 1991.  In recent years he has taken part in a long debate on the self-consistency of special relativity with Professor I. J. Good, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Statistics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; the debate is published in the pages of Physics Essays.

Good-McCausland Debate

All papers published in Physics Essays.

  1. I. McCausland: An Inconsistency in Special Relativity, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1990, pp. 176-7.
  2. I. J. Good: The Kinematics of Special Relativity, and Dingle's Fallacies, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1991, pp. 591-5.
  3. I. McCausland: A Reply to "The Kinematics of Special Relativity, and Dingle's Fallacies", Vol. 6, No. 1, 1993, pp. 127-8.
  4. I. J. Good: The Self-Consistency of the Kinematics of Special Relativity, Vol. 7, No. 4, 1994, pp. 436-441.
  5. I. McCausland: A Reply to "The Self-Consistency of the Kinematics of Special Relativity", Vol. 9, No. 3, 1996, pp. 484-6.
  6. I. J. Good: The Self-Consistency of the Kinematics of Special Relativity, II, Vol. 10, No. 2, 1997, pp. 327-333.
  7. I. J. Good: The Self-Consistency of the Kinematics of Special Relativity, III, Vol. 10, No. 3, 1997, pp. 454-465.
  8. I. J. Good. The Self-Consistency of the Kinematics of Special Relativity, IV, Vol. 11, No. 2, 1998, pp. 248-263.
  9. I. J. Good: Erratum, Vol. 12, No. 1, 1999, p. 190.
  10. I. McCausland: On the Consistency or Inconsistency of Special Relativity, Vol. 12, No. 3, 1999, pp. 438-445.
  11. I. J. Good: The Self-Consistency of the Kinematics of Special Relativity, Part V(A), Vol. 16, No. 1, 2003, pp. 29-42.
  12. I. J. Good: The Self-Consistency of the Kinematics of Special Relativity, Part V(B), Vol. 16, No. 2, 2003, pp. 174-9.
  13. I. McCausland: The Persistent Problem of Special Relativity, Vol. 18, No. 4, 2005, pp. 530-532.
  14. I. J. Good: The Self-Consistency of the Kinematics of Special Relativity, Part VI. Einstein's Argument in Special Relativity Concerning "Time Travel" Is Substantially Correct After All; and Smoothed Polygons, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2006, pp. 430-433.
  15. I. McCausland, On the Inconsistency of Good's Argument Defending Special Relativity, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2009, pp. 81-82.

Other articles:

  • Proc. IEEE, V62, pp. 1398-1399 (1974).
  • "Science on the Defensive," Canadian Electrical Engineering Journal, V5, pp. 3-4 (Apr 1980).