Thursday, December 03, 2009


JSH: To parents

I you are reading this message maybe you're looking at the newsgroup with curiosity about what your child is reading, or you have been directed here by that child to read this message, which is somewhat of a difficult one for me, as I'm here to ask you to do something which may sound strange.

You need to ask a mathematician to do something which may reveal to you that that person is knowingly living a fraud, which is important to you as they may be TEACHING that fraud to your child.

Your child may have directed you here as she or he needs your help with this extraordinary situation.

The request is, ask a mathematician to divide off the 7:

7(175x^2 - 15x + 2) = (5a_1(x) + 7)(5a_2(x)+ 7)

where the a's are roots of

a^2 - (7x-1)a + (49x^2 - 14x) = 0 in the ring of algebraic integers.

The mathematics is as simple as I can get it. I've worked for years to boil things down to a level where it is very easy to explain, but still there are I'm sure elements which will not make sense to you. That is ok. You are to use your knowledge of human nature here, and everything in that piece above is needed, including the part about algebraic integers.

If you're wondering about the principle here it is like how with 7x = 7x, you can get to x = x. Trivial, I know. But over a hundred years ago a bizarre but somewhat subtle error entered into the mathematical field, where that trivial thing is violated in the example I wish you to use in this thing called the ring of algebraic integers.

I discovered this some years ago. I even got a paper on it published, but some math people got it retracted by spooking the editors, who yanked it against my wishes:

That link is to the archives of the journals maintained by a European organization called EMIS, which keeps up with electronic mathematical journals from around the world:

The mathematical journal itself shut down not too long after pulling my paper. Its hosting university scrubbed all mention of its existence from its website. EMIS actually saved that journal from vanishing completely.

If your child has brought you to this post, consider what he or she faces: a massive error in the field of number theory, for which a journal may have been destroyed, where people in the field may be knowingly perpetuating a fraud. For that child to progress in the mathematical field she or he may have to knowingly learn false mathematics, just to get by, take tests, do homework, knowing it is bogus.

Why would mathematics professors do such a thing?

You as an adult may be aware that people can do very wrong things when faced with extreme loss. The error may invalidate the entire careers of people who may have spent decades, working hard, thinking they were brilliant, believing in their work.

With so much of their lives invested, it may seem easier to them to live a lie, maybe even to deny in their own minds the truth.

But to that they are sacrificing the future of your child in mathematics.

You do not have to believe all of that to act. If you know a mathematician simply ask them to divide the 7 off. If they satisfy you in answering that request, and ask why, you can say some strange nutty person on Usenet or the Internet was babbling nonsense.

The point here is not your mathematical knowledge. It is your human knowledge. If they are under the stress of the knowledge of a fraud as immense as I say, you'll pick that up.

Your situation is shared by parents all over the world.

This problem is an issue for parents in China, as well as the United States, in Russia, as well as Japan, in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Mozambique, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, Britain, Ireland, Venezuela, Malta, Vietnam, Iran, South Korea, North Korea and hundreds more.

If you have read to here, then your judgement is what's necessary for the next decision. I'm trying to enlist the aid of parents around the world to stop this nonsense of fraudulent information being taught to their children as all else has failed.

It is up to you now. And all you have to do is ask some mathematician, to divide off a 7.

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