Sunday, May 06, 2012
The Discovery Institute Should Hire This Guy
The Discovery Institute should hire this guy, because he makes about as much sense as Bruce Chapman.
Posted by Jeffrey Shallit at 9:45 PM
Labels: crank mathematics
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Those Canadians. What will they think up next?
"Laurence H.P. is the most famous scientist alive today"
Most famous. So famous that he doesn't have to use his full name. awesome.
For years, the Internet has given cranks the ability to put their ideas in electronic form for all to see. Now with new publishing technology, they can put their irrational thoughts in a book too!
I wonder how many of these "Lawrence H.P." is going to sell.
"Laurence H.P. is the most famous scientist alive today who has solved the most famous unsolved problem in pure mathematics!"
It'd be fun to get the book just to see the crazy it holds, but it's kinda pricey.
3.125? That's worse than the traditional 22/7 approximation. Did the guy even try, like, drawing a circle with compasses and measuring the circumference with a friggin' string? (Or do mathematicians consider mere empirical falsification beneath them? ;-) )
The book has a current sales rank of 9,703,917, so evidently enthusiasm has died down somewhat from its publication in 2004.
You all see "crank", but I see "satire."
Check out Poe's Law.
Few people would go to the trouble to publish satire like this, but it is the hallmark of a crank!
I posit that a crank would say pi equals 3 1/7, but a satirist (or other type of humorist) would say it equals 3 1/8. (And I'd also posit that Laurence HP or his friend wrote the book description, too.)
And if not a satirist, and not a crank, then how about just mentally unstable? Here's another of his books: http://www.lulu.com/shop/laurence-h-p/boys-or-girls-the-choice-is-yours/ebook/product-17506557.html
I think he is some unstable person. Look at his wikipedia user page:
"I’m Lawrence; I call myself the world’s greatest thinker of all time! No, I'm not the intelligent man who ever lived, I see many children very clever than me! I like to think, eat, drink, sleep, computer Science, listen to my music collection, and writing maths theorems. [etc.]"
He can't even write proper English. He certainly qualifies for a Discovery Institute grant.
Are we sure Lawrence HP's real name isn't "Sokal"?
Pun, Jeff? The CSC argues constantly that the irrational is rational.
Awwww, darn. Page deleted by wikipedia. I was so looking forward to seeing the crazy.
Well, at least SOMEBODY'S on the ball, doing their proper editing job. What's it take to get a paper rejected in this world? You gotta put 1+1=Justin Bieber in your abstract?
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