Friday, March 16, 2012

4th Symposium on Nonlinear Crackpottery

This, like the earlier conferences, is being organized by Ji-Huan He. Since he is now at Soochow University, it will take place in Suzhou, not Shanghai. It's scheduled for October 27-30 of this year. Here's the announcement:

The first announcement of 4th International Symposium on Nonlinear Dynamics

This is the first announcement of 4th International Symposium on Nonlinear Dynamics, which will be held on Oct. 27-30, 2012, Suzhou, China.

Suzhou, only 30 minutes away from Shanghai by train, is a beautiful city in the southeast of China, and considered as the paradise on the earth, a major tourist city in China that features classic gardens and elegant natural scenery, an ancient city that has the history of 2500 years with the unique characteristics of the past.

Suzhou is a city on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Lake Taihu in the province of Jiangsu, China. The city is renowned for its beautiful bridges, pagodas, meticulously designed gardens which have contributed to its status as a great tourist attraction.

We warmly invite you to submit a paper to the Symposium and attend the symposium, enjoying the paradise on the earth.

All submissions relative to nonlinear phenomena, nonlinear equations, and nonlinear analyses are welcome. Please send one-page abstract with email and calling number to the symposium secretary by email in pdf file immediately, authors of the accepted abstracts will be invited to adapt their papers for publication as full papers in some ISI-listed journals as special issues. To have this valuable opportunity, please make sure to submit your abstract before July 15, 2012! The full paper will be reviewed again at least two reviewers according to the chosen journal's aims and scopes.

The previous symposia in this series were:

El-Naschie Symposium on Nonlinear Dynamics
December 20-21, 2005, Shanghai, China

2nd Symposium on Nonlinear Dynamics
October 27-30, 2007, Shanghai, China
From Prof. Salim Messaoudi's website El Naschie Watch obtained these pictures:
Second Symposium
We'd like more information about the 2nd Symposium.

The 3rd International Symposium on Nonlinear Dynamics
September 25-28, 2010, Shanghai, China

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  1. let me guess, JHH is planning another special issue of Rodin's CMA journal... [see ]

  2. Here's a fresh article citing the Brotherhood:

    Give it a look, Jason: I think you're entitled to assess it as an expert (it's evident numerology, but nonetheless).

    BTW: The author (Sergeyev) is affiliated to University of Calabria, Rende (near Cosenza). To reach University of Salerno (where Iovane stays) one must take a relatively short trip. Oh, didn't I explicitly mention that Sergeyev cites Iovane also? :D

  3. Wow, brand new.

    As a reviewer I'd say: "There is nothing new, interesting, or nontrival in this paper. Postulates 1, 2 and 3 are non-mathematical in spite of being called postulates. Sergeyev introduces an idiosyncratic, personal notion of infinity that rejects 1 to 1 correspondence for comparing cardinalities, and also rejects the notion that infinite + finite = infinite. I recommend rejection." Perhaps he'd have a chance with FSNGQHEP, as their criteria are different, and they are unencumbered by the childish, vain practice of peer review.

    The best that can be said of it is that in comparison with El Naschie's papers it is admirably free of typographical errors.

    The list of references is hilarious. He cites El Naschie, Rössler, He and Iovane!

    Sergeyev has a website.

  4. Ha, I was just about to point that out, too! Annoyingly enough, it has received positive publicity on the arXiv blog:
    facepalm :(

  5. Well, the arXiv blog is known to be quite excellent at picking out crackpot papers... so this is a highlight indeed ;-) Perhaps they did chose it because it has been published in a journal everyone knows, so it's quality has been certified: Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, 2009, 42, 3042-3046


    That's a great link, thank you. The comments are excellent. I agree with everyone criticizing the paper.

  7. OMFG, Sergeyev recycled an old paper from CSF!

  8. What can he have been thinking? Yeah, the arXiv version makes no mention of CSF.

  9. The comments on '' are just hilarious. I haven't realized what your comment on cardinalities imply until I read the comment there that "Sergeyev assumed different cardinalities of integers and naturals". It reminds me of Iovane dealing with the primes. It seems that the Calabrian peninsula is infestated with woo-woo mathematicians. Maybe you should dedicate a post to that.

  10. If I had known there was going to be all this discussion on Technologyreview and Stackexchange I definitely would have done a post on it.

  11. Hah, a commenter on Technologyreview is defending Sergeyev's article in a way highly resembling the Great Man sockpuppet's style. I bet it's Sergeyev himself. In the end he notes that Sergeyev's articles are published in high quality peer-reviewed journals [LOL] so that one must be cautious before talking about 'gibberish', 'vague' and 'false'. Another commenter responds that mathematics isn't about authority and that anyone can check the stuff by himself/herself. :D

  12. Shrink, that's one of the funniest conversations ever. A sockpuppet playground. I like bobjanson's comment: "i created this account just to let everyone know that this article is really bad"

  13. Finally, a commenter brought up the Sergeyev-El Naschie connection, the CSF scandal and the crackpottery of E-infinity theory which Sergeyev heavily cites. Afterwards he/she analyzed the article. Final verdict: crackpot math. LOL