Larry Lard wrote: > (initial note: as an intermittent Harris-baiter, I'm unused to > defending people charged with crankery. But there's a first time for > everything) > > crankbuster wrote: > > You have all run across desperate google ads by this guy called Steven Cullinane who claims to have discovered something called "Diamond Theory". > > Have we? All of us? No, not all of us.
Well, when I looked at your reply, on the right margin of the page, sure enough there was another crank ad from Mr. Steven Cullinane:
Galois Geometry Surprising symmetry properties of the smallest Galois spaces log24.com/theory/GalG.htm
Believe me, this guy is a nut!
> > He preaches his "advanced mathematics" from multiple domains: > > > > "Plato's diamond throws new light on > > finite geometry and combinatorics." > > http://m759.freeservers.com > > _Prima facie_ a collection of and association between a number of > disparate results from group theory and combinatorics. Nothing that > immediately appears wrong; a minimal (if that) amount of crankish > language. Conclusion: not a crank.
O.K. suppose I take an arbitrary array of binary numbers and count its "symmetries". I quote a huge number, say, 50!/(5!3!2!). I call this the emerald theorem (because my array is shaped like an emerald I once saw in a funky dream). Worse, I quote G.H. Hardy, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, and whatever else comes to mind. I call this "collection of and association between disparate results" - "Emerald Theory". Then I pay Google to advertise my site on every page that has matching keywords. I would be a Crank.
No, Sir you are too kind. Steven Cullinane is a crank of the worse kind. If he were just doing this much we could just pity the guy and ignore him. But unfortunately, he thinks he can trash *other* mathematicians and get away with it!
> > > > "The Diamond Theory of Truth" > > http://www.math16.com/ > > I am hesitant to comment too deeply on philosophical matters, because I > find it hard to tell apart what is counted legitimate discourse, and > what is labelled crankish. I will only say that there appears to be > nothing here that would be out of place in a philosophy textbook. > Indeed, most of the test on this page is quotation! Conclusion: A > philosopher. They're either all cranks, or none.
Why so many different domains to spread the same gibberish? Methinks he spams Google PageRank...
> > > > "The Proof and the Lie" > > http://log24.com/log03/1130.htm > > The most interesting link you give. This is the one linked to from > crank.net (see below); when that link was first added, I gave this page > a look, which I have quickly done again now; nothing major seems to > have changed. > > The thesis of this page is simple: > Accounts of Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last Theorem (which was done by > proving (one particular case of) the Taniyama-Shimura Conjecture) have > all stated that the connection TSC makes between elliptic curves (EC) > and modular forms (MF) is a surprising, unexpected, or (in particular) > NEW connection to make. This statement is however wrong - connections > between these two domains were already well and widely known prior to > Wiles' result. > > The adduced evidence seems to provide a cogent argument. > > The mistake (imo) the page makes is in the language and tone > surrounding its thesis - this incorrect assertion (that EC and MF were > thought completely unrelated) is technically *not* a 'mathematical > lie', it's more of an error of story-telling; and using such hyperbolic > language over what is, at heart, a minor issue doesn't inspire > confidence in the reader. > > Conclusion: Eccentric, but not a crank.
Fair enough, but what makes one squirm is the vehemence with which the page is written and agressively advertised on Google. It's as if you make a small social error and you are shouted at, beaten up and murdered. This guy is jealous of the Harvard/Princeton mathematicians. I'll bet they ignored his "Diamond Theory" so he is taking his "revenge". Unfortunately for Mr. Steven Cullinane, it backfired on him and he got listed on crank.net!
> > > > As a punishment for unjustly criticizing others and for being a nuisance in general, Steven Cullinane has now been officially declared a Crank: > > http://www.crank.net/maths.html > > - The very page you cite shows that the link to one Cullinane's of > webpages was added on 26 Feb *2004*. It is surely stretching the bounds > of 'now' to use that word in connection with this listing.
I beg your pardon! I should have said that Mr. Steven Cullinane was designated a Crank on the 26th of February, 2004.
> - crank.net is in no way about 'punishment' for 'unjust criticism' or > general nuisance. It's a collection of links. And there's nothing in > any way 'official' about it.
Yes, crank.net is too good for Mr. Steven Cullinane! This guy should be locked up in gitmo!
> - In fact given my argument above, he probably shouldn't be listed at > crank.net at all!
No, he certainly should be, more often!
> > > > Public Announcement > > Crank Watch International > > Interesting way to debut on Usenet, I must say.