The Unapologetic Mathematician

Mathematics for the interested outsider


Every so often, as faculty in my department, I get unsolicited submissions from crackpots. Just tonight I got a real doozy, from a guy who’s sent me stuff before. I’m going to just post screen capture of the email because I don’t want to even try to replicate this formatting.

Unsolicited Psychoceramic Email

John Baez has a Crackpot Index for physics, but I don’t know of a good checklist for mathematics. I’ll just leave this to my intrepid readers to find the flaws.


March 9, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I hate to say it, but it looks a lot like stuff I judged at the New York City science fair on Wednesday. Nice to see that mathematics is doomed the world o’er. However, I calculate that the United States can take the lead in abstract finger painting within three years!

    Comment by Frederick Ross | March 9, 2007 | Reply

  2. No that proof is totally solid. I’d consider it authoritative on whatever question it was trying to answer.

    Comment by andy | March 10, 2007 | Reply

  3. So the answer is 42, and now we need the question?

    Missed you at the Perk tonight, Andy.

    Comment by John Armstrong | March 10, 2007 | Reply

  4. Correction: you’re evidently not the Andy I thought you were, since he’s here and not you.

    Comment by John Armstrong | March 11, 2007 | Reply

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