Thursday, June 3, 2010
If you've ever seen a title and abstract for a theoretical physics paper, you are going to love this. It's called snArXiv.org, and hosts titles and abstracts for fake theory papers. The above title and abstract is one example. It's completely fake and randomly generated by the site's author David Simmons-Duffin using trends from the real ArXiv.org.
I must say it is pretty clever. Honestly, many of these titles and abstracts look pretty similar to what is actually posted on the real physics pre-print site. (Though obviously wouldn't pass peer review.) It just goes to show how crazy the theory literature can be. This article is even co-authored by Feynman, Heisenberg and Higgs! Obviously the fake ones of course. :)