>***** mods, please do not delete this thread. i simply want to talk about the bogdanov's contributions to physics and mathematics (or lack thereof) and how that relates to peer-review in those fields ********
so /sci/, what is your take on the Bogdanov affair? do you think the fact that they were awarded PhD's and got papers published in several peer-reviewed journals, despite their work being largely nonsense and filled with misconceptions about basic physics, reflects badly on the peer-review system in high-energy physics and whatever branch of math their crap is considered?
do you think they got their PhD's because of a lower standard in Europe vs. the US?
also, what are your thoughts on how failed physicist Lubos Motl decided to write (or put his name on) a book defending the Bogdanov's work? did he do this simply because he lost his job as a harvard professor and needed to make money off the Bogdanov's TV fame?