Of Pirahãs, infinity, and Ayatollahs

Analysis of the grossbit phenomenon:

Pirahõdimetz Venue where rebuttal appeared Link to article/venue containing rebuttal
Yaroslav Sergeyev Foundations of Science 17g
Yaroslav Sergeyev Math Overflow Q&A thread
Yaroslav Sergeyev Math StackExchange Q&A thread 1 and Q&A thread 2
Yaroslav Sergeyev Computer Science StackExchange Q&A thread
Yaroslav Sergeyev EMS Surveys in Mathematical Sciences "Both [EICs] have assumed responsibility for [the mistake of publishing Sergeyev's paper] and resigned from their position."
Yaroslav Sergeyev Retraction Watch Editors-in-chief of math journal resign over controversial paper
Yaroslav Sergeyev Reddit Crackpot paper
Yaroslav Sergeyev Ayatollah regime Ayatollah clown Nobel and more details at Khwarizmi
Yaroslav Sergeyev Zentralblatt Review by Louis Kauffman
Yaroslav Sergeyev Mathematical Reviews Review by Mikhail Katz
Davide Rizza Mathematical Reviews Review by David Sherry
Matthew W. Parker TBA TBA
Paul Ernest TBA TBA

Some of you may be aware of the grossone production of Yaroslav Sergeyev. Sergeyev makes grandiose claims to have ushered in a revolution in the area of foundations of mathematics. A text by Sergeyev was published in july 2018 by the journal Foundations of Science (FoS), published by Springer, at https://doi.org/10.1007/s10699-018-9566-y and it prompts the following reflections.

(1) Sergeyev's reputation has been firmly established already in 2017 through the unanimous disowning statement by the editorial board of EMS Surveys, where his article was published by mistake, accessible at http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/notice/emss/ed_note.pdf and this was followed by the resignation of both Editors-in-Chief who had the integrity to own up to their error.

(2) The mathematical community expressed itself clearly enough with regard to Sergeyev through reviews published by both MathSciNet and Zentralblatt; these can be found respectively at https://mathscinet.ams.org/mathscinet-getitem?mr=3725242 and https://zbmath.org/?q=an%3A06856857

(3) The 2018 publication is a disgrace upon the journal FoS and an embarrassment for its publisher, Springer Nature.

(4) I call upon editor Sandro Sozzo of FoS responsible for publishing Sergeyev to resign from his position in recognition of his error.

(5) In view of the above I am compelled to reconsider FoS as a possible venue for publication of my articles until the appropriate actions of the Editorial Board of FoS are taken, and call on my colleagues in mathematics and the sciences to act accordingly.

(6) A number of colleagues from (in alphabetical order) Canada, England, France, Israel, Russia, and the US have already written to the CEO of Springer Nature, Daniel Ropers. If you agree with the comments above, please send an appropriate letter of protest to daniel.ropers@springer.com and renate.bayaz@springer.com (with a CC: to me if possible).

(7) The latest additions to Sergeyev's Cargo Cult Science is Davide Rizza (see review by David Sherry linked in the table above), Matthew W. Parker (TBA), and Paul Ernest (TBA).

(8) The following journals continue publishing Sergeyev's grossone pseudomathematics and should be boycotted:
Applied Mathematics and Computation,
Applied Numerical Mathematics. An IMACS Journal,
Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation,
Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics,
Journal of Global Optimization. An International Journal etc.,
Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications,
Mediterranian Journal of Mathematics,
Optimization and Engineering. International Multidisciplinary Journal etc.,
Optimization Letters.

Source at https://statistically-funny.blogspot.com/2015/02 from Statistically Funny See also Absolutely Maybe

See also
Bishop Connes Halmos Sergeyev
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