Monday, March 14, 2016

Pi Day

In honor of Pi Day, I direct your attention to this "scientific" paper, which I posted to the physics preprint arXiv on April 1, 2009:
"Time Variation of a Fundamental Dimensionless Constant".
For those of you outside the world of physics, the "arXiv" website is where most physicists post their papers while they are waiting for them to appear in a scientific journal.  It's a little-known fact that the managers of this site have tacitly allowed April Fools' Day papers to appear over the years.  You can search them out, but they are hard to find.

The response to my paper was overwhelmingly positive, although one guy in Europe contacted my provost to try to get me fired.  Why?  It's the best paper I've every written.

1 comment:

Justin said...

Pretty funny paper - I especially like the footnotes :)

In future research you mention investigating integers. That reminded me of two short stories by Greg Egan, "Luminous" and its sequel, "Dark Integers." They are about finding inconsistencies in the manipulation of very large integers and are pretty fascinating.

You can find the first in his short story collection of the same name, and the second in the collection named "Oceanic."

Love the blog!