|Now is the Winter of Peter Woit's discontent|
No, he hasn't (not yet anyway), but if you skim read his latest article, "What the M Stands For" at his blog, you might think so.
It comes as a shock to many people when they read Peter Woit's book Not Even Wrong that he actually has a sense of humor, but he does. Mind you, I'm not suggesting he quit his day job and join the stand-up comedy circuit any time soon, as he is still an unabashed nerd (coming from me, that's a compliment), but now and then he breaks the stereotype and provides humor, as in the passage in his book about Ed Witten being an alien, and now on his wonderful blog, also called Not Even Wrong, here.
Peter is not without his critics of course, including this future CLASSIC reply to the next-to-last post at NEW, "Ancient History"
A question, If you say that you aren’t an expert in string theory, what the hell are you criticising? You don’t know of what you are talking about. You aren’t a physicist, any longer. Maybe you’ve got in a Ph.D. in theoretical physics in a prestigious university long time ago, but now you don’t want to learn theoretical physics. why don’t you try to learn the hard and necessary math and then to try understanding string theory before to criticise the theory?
Because the only aim for you is to argue with the true physicists for laughing of them and your blog is only about sociology. Your book is for earning a lot of money with this dishonest behaviour. Because of this I hate you and I’m going to attack your blog. You are an enemy of science you are an enemy of the hard work.
Steve here. El Cid's reply is typical of String Theory defenders, offering up nothing but a vacuous mean-spirited attack of constructive criticism.
It's amusing for all of about 2 seconds.