18 April 2012

Citing nonsense 20 000 times

A theoretical high-energy physicist called Arkani-Hamed appears frequently on the internet. Listen to his talks. He is not a physicist, he is a missionary. For him, the key to all is supersymmetry. But nothing he ever did fits with experiment. And he is cited in research papers, in total more than 20 000 times.

In today's papers, physicists do not cite correct results upon which their own correct results build. They cite friends who will help them in getting grants.

Citing missionary nonsense 20 000 times does not make it true. But at least it helps getting grants and research jobs.