[seqfan] Re: Puzzle sequence A288573

Neil Sloane njasloane at gmail.com
Sun Jul 2 15:17:27 CEST 2017

Well, I only partially agree with Joerg's comments. I certainly agree that
the S name appears too often in definitions and cross-references.

If one looks at the full listing of all the sequences,
the name Smarandache appears in 1000 lines.

Most of these are legitimate references to places where
the sequences can be found.  There is nothing wrong with that.  We always
cite the source for a sequence, or places that mention a sequence, even if
this is on the wall of a public toilet (not that we have many references
like that).

F. S. himself is the author of just 5 sequences.

On the other hand, I see there are a lot of mentions of the so-called
"Smarandache-Wellin numbers: a(n) = concatenation of first n primes
(written in decimal system)",  A019518.

I have edited that definition so that it now reads:
a(n) = concatenation of first n primes (written in base 10).

I will also remove all the other references to "Smarandache-Wellin numbers"

I am also going to delete ridiculous comments like the following:

%C A004736 "Smarandache Decrescendo Subsequences".
%C A004737 Also called the Smarandache Crescendo Pyramidal sequence.
%C A004738 Also called Smarandache Decrescendo Pyramidal Sequence.
%C A004739 Also called Smarandache Crescendo Symmetric Sequence.

and in general I am going to remove silly names like "The
Smarandache-Euclid primes 2,3,5,7,11,..."

This will affect some 150 sequences, so it will take me a little while to
do it.

Best regards

Neil J. A. Sloane, President, OEIS Foundation.
11 South Adelaide Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904, USA.
Also Visiting Scientist, Math. Dept., Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ.
Phone: 732 828 6098; home page: http://NeilSloane.com
Email: njasloane at gmail.com

On Sun, Jul 2, 2017 at 6:06 AM, Joerg Arndt <arndt at jjj.de> wrote:

> * Hans Havermann <gladhobo at bell.net> [Jun 30. 2017 08:03]:
> > > About Smarandache and lots of other pseudonyms...
> >
> > Is Florentin Smarandache a real person? Sure:
> >
> > http://www.gallup.unm.edu/~smarandache/FlorentinSmarandache.htm
> >
> > Is Florentin Smarandache a real mathematician? Perhaps not
> Definitely not.  A full blown shyster he is.
> > (but so what?):
> >
> Think again: Even ignoring that his pseudo science is taken
> seriously by some feeble minded folks, I see one big problem.  He
> misleads people who might one day do proper mathematics into wasting
> their time with his nonsense, thereby sabotaging future careers.
> The fact that his name appears in 551 OEIS sequences is pretty
> depressing.  I suggest to actually look at his (or his follower's)
> papers, most of them a vacuous at best.
> IMO we should get rid of the majority of those citations, similar
> as has been done on Wikipedia.
> > https://www.reddit.com/r/math/comments/3bd1qh/is_florentin_
> smarandache_a_real_mathematician/
> >
> Spot on, but not quite the complete picture.
> > Does Florentin Smarandache engage in sock puppetry? In the absence
> > of specific instances, I think that this is an unnecessary
> > supposition.
> I have not seen indications of sock puppetry yet.
> He doesn't seem to need to do that, as there are
> enough gullible people echoing his garbage.
> > Folk (including real mathematicians) may reference him for one thing
> > or another. Some may be more ardent followers. Marius Coman has a
> > bio here:
> >
> > https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marius_Coman
> >
> See also
>   https://oeis.org/search?q=author%3aComan&fmt=short
> Actually, let Smarandache speak for himself:
>   https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Florentin_Smarandache
> Seriously tear inducing.
> > [...]
> Best regards,   jj
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