In article <firstname.lastname@example.org> Herbert Newman <nomail@invalid> writes: > On Fri, 29 May 2009 11:28:53 GMT Dik T. Winter wrote: > > > I think it is justified if my name is in the Subject. > > Yes, you are right. But I guess you see now the dependence between a crank > and its codependent partners. The crank (or at least this one) is craving > for attention. If you stop responding he is suffering (from this lack of > attention). [Imho one of the MAIN reasons why this loon stil resides in > this NG is the _constant_ attention he gets from _certain_ posters...]
I do not think so. WM has now two books about mathematics on his name. The first one he got published some time ago by some vanity press (Shaker Verlag). (It is vanity press because you have to pay for your book to get published, for what you pay you get a number of copies, everything further is handled by print-on-demand.) I did a review of it that is available through my web-pages. You can find it at: <http://homepages.cwi.nl/~dik/english/mathematics/mueck/index.html> The second (recently published, 2008 I think) is however by a reputable publisher. It is intended as textbook for students, and used by WM at his university. You may expect an influx of German students that think what WM writes is gospel. There are already some around here: Albrecht (if I remember well he is connected to a major German technical institution) and also Eckard Blumschein (emiritus professor of the Magdeburg University in some technical subject). Han de Bruijn was also one of them, but recently he seems to have changed opinion.
What i find is a growing clash between technical physists and mathematicians. The technical physists do not understand what mathematicians are doing, and think they are subordinate to their needs, but on the other hand do not understand numerical mathematics either (which caters for their needs). They just think that numbers are absolute things.
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