Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Problematic Problems"

Really, Elsevier? I'm glad that this article got retracted because it "contains no scientific content", but perhaps the author's e-mail address of "ohm@budweiser.com" might have helped give things away. Or maybe just a quick glance at the text might have helped?

The paper's abstract is: "In this study, a computer application was used to solve a mathematical problem." Well, great.

Perhaps the best way to end this blog entry is with a brief extract from the paper's conclusion: "In brief an impossible proposition was proved as possible. This is a problematic problem." Yikes!

(Tip of the cap to whoever posts stuff for Physics Today on Facebook.)

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