# Official Peter Woit blog hate thread

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dsoy

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ddjz

I don't think his blog merits a hate thread. Gil Kalai's blog has enough things about it that makes you go "f this bs", but Woit's blog is just... meh.

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dsoy

I don't think his blog merits a hate thread. Gil Kalai's blog has enough things about it that makes you go "f this bs", but Woit's blog is just... meh.

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vfcz

I don't know why he keeps on hating Shinichi Mochizuki given the fact that he couldn't understand any arithmetric geometry. He reminds me of those Math Education Research maniacs who kept saying "but the studies show blah blah blah." In his case, it was more of like "but Peter Scholze said blah blah blah."

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ddjz

I don't think his blog merits a hate thread. Gil Kalai's blog has enough things about it that makes you go "f this bs", but Woit's blog is just... meh.

This will cheer a lot of people up during difficult times.

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cute

In fact this could become an Ivan Fesenko appreciation thread and we don't want that.

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ddjz

In fact this could become an Ivan Fesenko appreciation thread and we don't want that.

You're cute, and I mean it literally

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pbej

I don't know why he keeps on hating Shinichi Mochizuki given the fact that he couldn't understand any arithmetric geometry. He reminds me of those Math Education Research maniacs who kept saying "but the studies show blah blah blah." In his case, it was more of like "but Peter Scholze said blah blah blah."

Good point but bizarre comparison

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cute

On an unrelated note what kind of maniac runs his own discord server???

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vyhb

I don't know why he keeps on hating Shinichi Mochizuki given the fact that he couldn't understand any arithmetric geometry. He reminds me of those Math Education Research maniacs who kept saying "but the studies show blah blah blah." In his case, it was more of like "but Peter Scholze said blah blah blah."

Woit's blog was instrumental in clarifying the Mochizuki ABC matter. PS follows it and engaged extensively, BC and WS also commented. Nobody else was hosting this type of discussion, and MathOverflow gets the vapors about anything "uncollegial". That was very unsatisfactory as the public record and private opinion in the arithmetic geometry community were quite different. Hence Woit's comment section became the premier outlet for ABC information.

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hoze

Woit made fun of Mochizuki multiple times afterwards in other blog posts often citing Scholze’s opinions on the subject matter. If he doesn’t know anything about arithmetic geometry he should just shut up. He always pretends to know something but the truth is he doesn’t know shit. He wasted a tenure track opportunity at Columbia which could help other people advance their career and he got that position for having one shitty publication. Now, he is known to be the guy who thinks string theory is not even wrong but the truth is he couldn’t understand string theory either.

I don't know why he keeps on hating Shinichi Mochizuki given the fact that he couldn't understand any arithmetric geometry. He reminds me of those Math Education Research maniacs who kept saying "but the studies show blah blah blah." In his case, it was more of like "but Peter Scholze said blah blah blah."

Woit's blog was instrumental in clarifying the Mochizuki ABC matter. PS follows it and engaged extensively, BC and WS also commented. Nobody else was hosting this type of discussion, and MathOverflow gets the vapors about anything "uncollegial". That was very unsatisfactory as the public record and private opinion in the arithmetic geometry community were quite different. Hence Woit's comment section became the premier outlet for ABC information.

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hoze

He and Lex Fridman should be best friend.

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mtny

In clarifying it for you and various other casuals I guess sure. But what does it really matter. So the blog we entertaining to you and a couple peoples houses follow loosely. There really weren’t revelations there which were not known to the people really involved.

I don't know why he keeps on hating Shinichi Mochizuki given the fact that he couldn't understand any arithmetric geometry. He reminds me of those Math Education Research maniacs who kept saying "but the studies show blah blah blah." In his case, it was more of like "but Peter Scholze said blah blah blah."

Woit's blog was instrumental in clarifying the Mochizuki ABC matter. PS follows it and engaged extensively, BC and WS also commented. Nobody else was hosting this type of discussion, and MathOverflow gets the vapors about anything "uncollegial". That was very unsatisfactory as the public record and private opinion in the arithmetic geometry community were quite different. Hence Woit's comment section became the premier outlet for ABC information.

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vyhb

Clarifying for the general public, both directly (searches, Wikipedia) and indirectly (updating the people who had published gullible articles on ABC), is the main part of the service performed by Woit's blog on this topic. It may be obvious to people in the field what is going on, but that does not make it any less important. Why do you think Scholze went to the trouble of spending so much time and political capital on this, if it's just a matter of letting things silently sort themselves out among those who know?

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mtny

Peter spent time reading the work and then pointing out where the proofs don’t seem to work. A couple comments on a blog was not a serious time investment or political expenditure. I get that Woits blog was where some people learned the general situation, but let’s not act like it really moved the ball forward - it had no affect on the situation on the ground in the field tbh.

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racb

Also, there’s nothing Woit did that facilitated that discussion. There was a lot of pent up (at least, non-public) thoughts and feelings around it all. It could have happened on pretty much any blog, it just happened to be that one.

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eltn

Woit made fun of Mochizuki multiple times afterwards in other blog posts often citing Scholze’s opinions on the subject matter. If he doesn’t know anything about arithmetic geometry he should just shut up. He always pretends to know something but the truth is he doesn’t know shit. He wasted a tenure track opportunity at Columbia which could help other people advance their career and he got that position for having one shitty publication. Now, he is known to be the guy who thinks string theory is not even wrong but the truth is he couldn’t understand string theory either.

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Woit's blog was instrumental in clarifying the Mochizuki ABC matter. PS follows it and engaged extensively, BC and WS also commented. Nobody else was hosting this type of discussion, and MathOverflow gets the vapors about anything "uncollegial". That was very unsatisfactory as the public record and private opinion in the arithmetic geometry community were quite different. Hence Woit's comment section became the premier outlet for ABC information.

Who understands string theory?

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mkfo

Woit made fun of Mochizuki multiple times afterwards in other blog posts often citing Scholze’s opinions on the subject matter. If he doesn’t know anything about arithmetic geometry he should just shut up. He always pretends to know something but the truth is he doesn’t know shit. He wasted a tenure track opportunity at Columbia which could help other people advance their career and he got that position for having one shitty publication. Now, he is known to be the guy who thinks string theory is not even wrong but the truth is he couldn’t understand string theory either.

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Woit's blog was instrumental in clarifying the Mochizuki ABC matter. PS follows it and engaged extensively, BC and WS also commented. Nobody else was hosting this type of discussion, and MathOverflow gets the vapors about anything "uncollegial". That was very unsatisfactory as the public record and private opinion in the arithmetic geometry community were quite different. Hence Woit's comment section became the premier outlet for ABC information.

Ah, it's the tenure track line nutter again!

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whiy

Also, there’s nothing Woit did that facilitated that discussion. There was a lot of pent up (at least, non-public) thoughts and feelings around it all. It could have happened on pretty much any blog, it just happened to be that one.

^this guy to his peers: There’s nothing special about your Annals paper. It could have been written by pretty much anyone, it just happened to be you.

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hoze

Woit made fun of Mochizuki multiple times afterwards in other blog posts often citing Scholze’s opinions on the subject matter. If he doesn’t know anything about arithmetic geometry he should just shut up. He always pretends to know something but the truth is he doesn’t know shit. He wasted a tenure track opportunity at Columbia which could help other people advance their career and he got that position for having one shitty publication. Now, he is known to be the guy who thinks string theory is not even wrong but the truth is he couldn’t understand string theory either.

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Who understands string theory?

Who understands set theory?

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