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    Re: Universe of the ancient Greeks.
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2006 Mar 14, 19:55 -0500

    Frank wrote:
    
    "speaking of degenerating physics, and I apologize for
    being way off-topic now (e-mail me off-list if this interests you), did
    anyone  see the stories recently about a discovery of "antigravity" in a
    "new solution" of the field equations of general relativity?? holy cow, any
    incompetent twit can claim to be a physicist today! 
    
    Physicist!  Good idea, I've been looking for work by trying to find a
    village without an idiot ;-)
    
    I was not aware of antigravity.  As a layman, it would appear things are a
    bit out of hand.  At least with the Sokal "Affair" the wool was pulled over
    the eyes of a humanities publication.  Some have referred to the Bogdanov
    brothers' publication as a reverse Sokal hoax, Some call the work brilliant.
    
    "Bogdanov brothers deny bogosity. And we believe 'em - but only in
    even-numbered universes."
    
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/11/05/bogdanov_brothers_deny_bogosity/
    
    "The Bogdanovs' credentials to write on cosmology are based on Ph.D. degrees
    they obtained from the University of Bourgogne; Grichka Bogdanov received
    his degree in mathematics, and Igor Bogdanov received his in theoretical
    physics. Although there were issues related to the comprehensibility of
    their theses, they graduated conditionally upon publishing in journals that
    were respected in their fields. When later challenges to the legitimacy of
    the work arose, the debate spread to the question of whether the
    substitution of a "publication requirement" by university professors when
    they do not understand students' work is a valid means of determining the
    veracity of a paper. However, the intrinsic complexity of topics like
    quantum groups and topological field theory (as well as the growth of
    excessive jargon used by those who study these areas) makes it difficult to
    avoid such delegation, since often specific expertise is necessary in order
    to fully understand and evaluate the claims made in papers in these fields."
    
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogdanov_Affair
    
    It's pretty bad when your professors and peers can't determine whether your
    work is a refreshing new view or an incomprehensable string of inbred
    jargon.
    
    Bill
    
    
    

       
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