
Re: why do you like math?
Posted:
Sep 6, 2001 5:09 AM


ChanHo Suh wrote: > "Robin Chapman" <rjc@maths.ex.ac.uk> wrot: > > "Nico Benschop" <n.benschop@chello.nl> wrot > > > > > > Precisely ;) http://arXiv.org/abs/math.HO/0103051  NB > > > > This contains a reference to the bogus MS > > "Triplets and symmetries of arithmetic mod p^k" > > as well as this shameless lie: > > "The FLT proof via elliptic curves > > (A. Wiles, Annals of Mathematics, May 1995) > > blocked further interest in an simpler proof. ... ". > > I've searched in the archives of sci.math, and the last I can find of > the Chapman vs. Benschop struggle is in "Benschop Publication Update", > 24 June 2001. > Am I correct in assuming Benschop lost this one?
First: I do not consider sci.math as part of a oneupmanship game.
Second: Long ago RC did give some useful response, to which I reacted by thanking him, and by improving the relevant text.
Third: Apart from that, he seems to be unable to sustain a normal discussion  viz. without insults (e.g. above: "shameless lie", or of he thinks there is still a mistake, even after I made a correction, he just repeats 'bogus' without any explanation)
Fourth: He adorns my killfile now, because his responses by now are monotonous, insulting and totally useless (for the above reason), and bad for my blood pressure, to be tempted to respond in kind.
Fifth: There are correspondents who are much more constructive in commenting on my work (Chas Brown, Derek Holt, to mention a few)
Frankly, I suspect RC to be a frustrated loner in his math department, and although knowledgeable enough, he obviously is not equipped for normal and polite discussion. Which of course is a pity, & a waste of potential. Very similar to the case of Pertti Lounesto (the two of them are, or have been, constantly into each other's hair, so to speak  and I don't feel upto such harassing here on sci.math with RC or in fact with anyone... As I said: bad for one's blood pressure;(
 NB  http://www.iae.nl/users/benschop
PS: if *you* have anything relevant & constructive to contribute, for instance Re: my papers on arXiv.org (URL see above), then I'd appreciate it. Otherwise, I suggest you spend your time better than being involved in petty polemics here on sci.math;)

