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Old 2020-06-09, 20:05   #1
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Default Thoughts on Philip Emeagwali

Any Comp Sci or Math Department folks want to comment on him?
http://emeagwali.com/

I was looking for folks that we might want to invite to the forum to make it more diverse and ran across him. Either he is really important and unknown more broadly, or he is tooting his own horn and on the index.
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Any Comp Sci or Math Department folks want to comment on him?
http://emeagwali.com/

I was looking for folks that we might want to invite to the forum to make it more diverse and ran across him. Either he is really important and unknown more broadly, or he is tooting his own horn and on the index.
This is a joke, right? This guy is a raving nut case.

BTW: He was denied a PhD. His thesis was not deemed acceptable. He sued and lost.
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Old 2020-06-09, 21:01   #3
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This is a joke, right? This guy is a raving nut case.
My question was honest. So you are in the "He is tooting his own horn and on the index" camp.
Looking at the pdf's of one of his lecture transcripts and some of the other links I formed my personal opinion, but did not state it to avoid any biasing of others.

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My question was honest. So you are in the "He is tooting his own horn and on the index" camp.
Looking at the pdf's of one of his lecture transcripts and some of the other links I formed my personal opinion, but did not state it to avoid any biasing of others.
See http://saharareporters.com/2010/10/1...d-his-way-fame

He has no publications of any kind. He failed his quals. Twice. (see above)

He is a clown and a fraud. It should be obvious after one reads a paragraph or two
on his web site.
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Old 2020-06-09, 22:10   #5
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... but has he invented Mersenne numbers?

(And if he did, why are they called Mersenne numbers?)
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Old 2020-06-09, 22:37   #6
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Yes. I say, Yes.

Invite him.

It should be enormous fun to have (another) someone like that join.

People don't have to be sane to be entertaining.
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... but has he invented Mersenne numbers?
No, but he discovered the last 57 of them. (Why aren't they called Cataldi numbers?) https://www.mersenne.org/primes/

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FWIW

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lan Karp, 1989 Gordon Bell Prize judge, Debunks Emeagwali’s "Father Of The Internet" Claims
http://saharareporters.com/2010/10/2...et%22%20Claims
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Why aren't they called Cataldi numbers?
G.I.C.P.S does not have the same ring to it.

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No, but he discovered the last 57 of them. (Why aren't they called Cataldi numbers?) https://www.mersenne.org/primes/
According to https://mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.u...rfect_numbers/, Ismail ibn Ibrahim ibn Fallus (1194-1239) knew the first seven perfect numbers many years before Pietro Cataldi (1548-1626). Both ibn Fallus and Cataldi (and of course Mersenne (1588-1648)) had even longer lists which were, however, all incorrect. /JeppeSN
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See http://saharareporters.com/2010/10/1...d-his-way-fame

He has no publications of any kind. He failed his quals. Twice. (see above)

He is a clown and a fraud. It should be obvious after one reads a paragraph or two
on his web site.
The link in the article to the Michigan Court of Appeals ruling upholding summary judgement (Plaintiff abjectly failed to make his case) is no longer valid. The link gives

Server Error

404 - File or directory not found.
The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

However, I did find the Court of Appeals ruling here.
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