richard042@... wrote:

Hello,

Chris speaks wisdom, take it from a former 8. Anyone can claim

proof. Someone who actually has proof does not need to make any

claims whatsoever, they simply have to ask others what is wrong with

it and they will take up the challenge of finding out. If it's truly

that short and clearly written, it will be digestible and

understandable to many members of this list. The list has an archive

and world-wide membership as witness. You may be a nut and you

simply don't know it yet. You can cure yourself of the condition by

learning as much as you can about your subject matter and about the

realities of the academic mathematical world into which you seek

acceptance. Make no claims, ask questions. Any proof, or any

mathematical idea for that matter, is worthless if it is unknown. If

it's incorrect, it's worthless. If you don't put it out there for

scrutiny, it's worthless whether it's correct or not. And

ultimately, it's not your call on whether it is valid proof or not,

it must pass the scrutiny of everyone else in the world, and you have

to start somewhere. Consider how long it will take you in isolation

to learn enough about math and logic to be able to critically attack

your own paper. Just a little effort along these lines sometimes

goes a long way toward prevention of self-embarrassment and

spontaneous nut index inflation.

But your safeguard is the presentation, make no claims, ask

questions, thank those who take the time to help you and learn from

them how to save them time on future endeavors. I guarantee it's

100% O.K., even admirable, to be wrong - UNLESS, you're wrong about

being right. So simply do not go there. If no one from this group

can find anything wrong with a posted proof, it will be a rarity

indeed, an event to remember in and of itself.

If you are a mathematician trapped in a nut body, you must and will

educate yourself as the means to escape, otherwise you'll remain a

nut. How do you educate yourself? - Well start asking questions

about what you see in numbers. Until you start asking questions and

seeking out answers, you shall remain trapped, and there ye' shall be.

-Dick Boland

> Most nuts are incapable of taking correction--if no one can give

you a

> reasonable correction, then up you nut index by three. If you

> alone have a right answer an the whole world misses the simple

truth,

> up your nut inex by 8 (10 is the max). For each incorrect

> proof that you retracted appropriately--subtract one from the nut

> index.

Dear Richard

Perhaps you can persuade chrisdarroch to publish his "proof" so that Decio can have a field day. On the other hand...

Bob Gilson

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