Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Tuesday July 12, 2005

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 2:08 AM

Reply to my fan mail

Discussions in Internet forums indicate that at least three people seem deeply interested in my work in finite geometry:

  1. Someone falsely using the name of R. T. Curtis, a U. of Birmingham group theorist,
  2. Someone falsely using the name of George Polya, a deceased mathematician, and
  3. Someone using the nickname crankbuster.

Unfortunately, remarks posted under these names are all extremely negative.  This is understandable, given that the author or authors have completely failed to comprehend what I was getting at.  Actually, I suspect that all three authors are the same person, who was inspired to bitter hatred by my negative review of an attempted proof of the four-color theorem.  I do not suspect the author of that attempted proof, but rather one of his countrymen; attacks posted using the forged name “R. T. Curtis” were posted from an address somewhere in Bombay, and “crankbuster” claims to be posting from Sri Lanka.

As the real R. T. Curtis has noted, “If someone is deliberately using my name to attack Steven Cullinane anonymously, it shows malice and cowardice unusual in the mathematical world.”  At least my anonymous fan has, it seems, stopped using other people’s names to hide behind… although the latest attacks, under the name “crankbuster,” seem to be trying to imply, falsely, a connection with the Crank Dot Net website.


  1. Why is everyone so cranky?

    Comment by BlueCollarGoddess — Tuesday, July 12, 2005 @ 11:55 AM

  2. Evil, baby, evil. You thought Kenneth Branagh at the Wannsee Conference was evil? Read, someday when you have more time, C. S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength.

    Comment by m759 — Tuesday, July 12, 2005 @ 1:11 PM

  3. It’s been duly noted. 

    Comment by BlueCollarGoddess — Monday, July 18, 2005 @ 12:58 AM

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