Sabine Hossenfelder Demands $10,000 From Czech Physicist?
German author Sabine Hossenfelder (pictured above) has sent a letter demanding the approximate equivalent of US $10,000 from a Czech string theorist, according to a post on the physicist’s blog.
Luboš Motl, formerly an assistant professor of physics at Harvard University, wrote on March 15 that he was legally served a 15-day ultimatum that includes the following demands:
- CZK 200,000 compensation, plus an additional CZK 24,864 for legal costs
- removal of all negative mention about her on his blog The Reference Frame
- cease from making any further mention of her on his blog TRF
At an exchange rate of 22.5 koruna to USD, the total amount Hossenfelder is allegedly asking for is about $10,000 American dollars. Failure to comply with said demands will supposedly result in a defamation lawsuit being filed against the physics blogger.
Motl, whose first language is Czech, is known as an acerbic critic of Hossenfelder on his English-language blog. The book author herself is a controversial figure due to her views on the work being carried out by theoretical physicists, as expressed in her quote below.
String theorists are happily studying universes that don’t exist, particle physicists are busy inventing particles that no one ever measures, and theorists mass-produce “solutions” to the black hole information loss problem that no one will ever be able to test.
In particular, Hossenfelder has come out against upgrading the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European scientific center more familiar to non-physicists as the place where the World Wide Web (WWW) was invented in 1989.
Hossenfelder has also criticized Gordon “Gordy” Kane about his defense of collider construction. Kane is the American physicist who won a $100 bet against British cosmologist Stephen Hawking about the existence of the Higgs boson — the so-called “God particle.” Hawkings said it couldn’t be found; Kane wagered it would be. It was found in 2012.
Below is a screenshot of her column published three days ago. In it, she accuses Professor Kane and other particle physicists of spreading misinformation.
For his part, Czechia-based Motl has kept close watch on Hossenfelder’s public pronouncements, scathingly reporting them on his blog and frequently using over-the-top language to describe her views, employing adjectives like “dumb” and “pathetic.” For example, in December 2018, he wrote:
Sabine Hossenfelder became notorious for her obnoxiously demagogic and scientifically ludicrous diatribes against theoretical physics – she effectively became a New Age Castrated Peter Woit – but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t hate the rest of particle physics.
Her latest target is CERN’s new project for a collider after the LHC, the Future Circular Collider (FCC), an alternative to the Japanese linear ILC collider and the Chinese circular CEPC collider (the Nimatron).
An April 2018 post by Motl is titled “Hossenfelder’s deceitful babbling about dark matter, a MOND killer.”
Motl has shared opinions on his blog that are delivered in the same vulgar style about his other regular subjects, including Tesla founder Elon Musk.
Will the SEC allow Musk to urinate on their faces again?
Elon Musk is probably the single best example of a crook energized by millions of brain-dead fans who is basically allowed to stand above the law by the decaying American justice system simply because he’s producing lies – his business is the production of lies on a 24/7 basis – which are mixtures of pseudoscientific superstitions, impossible promises, attacks against all his real and fabricated enemies, and political correctness – the latter is primarily about the global warming delusions that are still a fundamental part of this whole cult.
No word yet on whether Elon Musk will go after a blogger living in an obscure corner of the Czech Republic.
As to why an unaffiliated scientist’s rantings on a Blogspot-hosted site would spur a popsci author with a book on Amazon to take legal action is anyone’s guess. Among the speculation in the comments section of the blog in question is that “…her publisher or agent might have recommended it.”
The Frankfurt-educated author has a Paypal button on her website, above a sales call to buy her book.
Hossenfelder is due to visit Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York next month to give a talk on “How Beauty Leads Physics Astray.” In her lecture, she intends to argue that theoretical physicists have reached a dead end.
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