Bad math, bad physics, getting published…

I came across the Good Math, Bad Math blog. It is probably not as deep mathematically speaking as This Week’s Finds in Mathematical Physics, a semi-regular column by John Baez, which sends my head spinning every time I try to read it.

But I found the latest entry, What happens if you don’t understand math. It’s very critical of A New Theory of the Universe, a rather silly defense of something called “biocentrism”… Sure enough, that kind of pointless and far-fetched pseudo-philosophical speculation tends to irritate me as well. And I’m only an amateur.

On the other hand, good math does not necessarily mean good physics. There is this other equally irritating trend in physics to replace any simple concept with jargon. In the end, you write stuff that makes mathematical sense, but where the physical meaning is elusive at best.

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