Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Disturbing E-mail re Garrett Lisi (Since Resolved by Lisi ... Read the Comments)

I got a very disturbing e-mail from "Anonymous" regarding Garrett Lisi's claim that he has had a paper published in a peer-reviewed Journal but that in fact no such paper has been published there.

I should very much like to have this resolved as I cannot locate the paper myself after half an hour of searching.

A link would be most appreciated, so that we can put this to rest and I can then delete this post. Here is the e-mail:

Fri, November 26, 2010 7:50:31 PM
[Multiplication by Infinity] New comment on Garrett Lisi in Real Time.
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To:colyersteven@yahoo.com

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Garrett Lisi in Real Time":

Peter Woit is deleting requests for Garrett Lisi to provide a full reference for the paper he claims he published in a peer-reviewed journal. I can find no such paper.

"Dear Peter,

If you do not believe me, please search Garrett's claimed article for yourself:
http://scholar.google.com/scholar?as_q=Garrett+Lisi&num=10&btnG=Search+Scholar&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_occt=any&as_sauthors=&as_publication=J+Phys+A+Math+Theor+43&as_ylo=&as_yhi=&as_sdt=1.&as_sdtp=on&as_sdts=5&hl=en&as_vis=1

And you will find: "Your search - Garrett Lisi - did not match any articles published in J Phys A Math Theor 43."

"Your search - Lisi - did not match any articles published in J Phys A Math Theor.""

You can see more here, where Peter deleted a ton of my posts for asking simple questions: http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/?p=3292&cpage=2#comment-70663

Yes--at Peter Woit's blog, Garrett claims that a peer-reviewed paper exists.

When commenters questioned its reality, Peter Woit snapped: "
Peter Woit says: November 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I’ve had to delete repeated anonymous comments by someone who couldn’t be bothered to either look things up for himself or read Garrett’s previous response to the same question:
http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/?p=3292&cpage=1#comment-69686
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At Peter Woit's blog, Garret writes, "
No, but it’s wrong. The paper with Lee and Simone lays out 90% of the theory, and was published in J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 43 (2010). Lee and I tend to just put papers on the arxiv, but Simone thought it would be good to put it in a journal. There was no problem getting it published."

But then we go to Garrett's wikipedia page which he is known to self-edit, and there is no mention of any such paper.

There is no mention of any paper with Simone, nor the J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 43 (2010).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Exceptionally_Simple_Theory_of_Everything

Why is there no mention of the supposed journal paper that was peer-reviewed which Lisi states he coauthored? Is Lisi lying about the existence of such a peer-reviewed paper?

In addition, there is no mention of Simone on the page.

2 comments:

Garrett said...

What a nasty little rumor -- but thanks for reporting it. It's easy to falsify with a link.

Steven Colyer said...

Ah ... THANK you Dr. Lisi! That was fast! Coolness.

Hey, you might want to link to that at Peter Woit's Not Even Wrong, since Mr. Anonymous isn't probably the only one with that question.

No knock on Peter, but I'm thinking Peter assumes incorrectly that people understand how to search the so so many maybe too many Scientific Journals like you Pros do.

Thanks again, and good luck. I'm curious why Distler/Garibaldi haven't weighed in. Could it be because Triality/Octonions threw them for a loop? We'll see! Jacques has never struck any of us as a wallflower.

Switching my last two posts now .... Ciao.