quasi
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Re: Endorsement of Wolfgang Mueckenheim from a serious mathematician
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Jan 30, 2013 8:01 PM


quasi wrote: >david petry wrote: > >>Doron Zeilberger wrote the following in an opinion piece on his >website: >> >>"Read Wolfgang Mueckenheim's fascinating book ! I especially >>like the bottom of page 112 and the top of page 113, that prove, >>once and for all, that (at least) the actual infinity is pure >>nonsense." > >Proves once and for all? > >By that wording, Zeilberger appears to be affirming the validity >of Mueckheim's claimed "proof" of some theorem or other which >supposedly yields the conclusion that "infinity is pure nonsense". > >>http://www.math.rutgers.edu/~zeilberg/Opinion68.html > >Of course, in the same blog, a few months later, Zeilberger >awkwardly tries to retract the claim of "proof", asserting >that his earlier post was only intended as an offering of >philosophical support. > >However, in my opinion, that's a blatant copout. > >Worse, I regard Zeilberger's attempted "clarification" as >deceitful, as evidenced by his posted statement: > > "I have no expertise, or interest, in checking any possible > technical claims that he [Muckemheim] may have made." > >Insufficient expertise? A straightout lie, in my opinion. > >No interest? In a Nov 2005 blog post, Zeilberger mentions >Muckenheimer's "fascinating course". > >In a Dec 2008 blog post, Zeilberger alludes to results from >pages 112 and 113 of Muckenheimer's book. As I see it, it's not >believable that Zeilberger would quote results from pages 112 >and 113 without spending any time evaluating the first 111 >pages. Rather, it's just common sense to assume that Zeilberger >actually did put some effort into evaluating Muckenheimer's book, >the same book for which he later claimed to have neither >expertise nor interest. > >Had Zeilberger made a full retraction, he would have suffered >some embarrassment, but at least it would have shown integrity. >Instead, showing perhaps his true colors, he weaseled out.
Apologies for mangling the spelling Muckenheim's name. In fact, not only did I misspell it, but I spelled it incorrectly in 3 different ways:
Mueckheim Muckemheim Muckenheimer
I did manage to spell Zeilberger's name correctly.
quasi

