Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Now this is the kind of comment that I look forward to from a reviewer:
"Referee's report: This paper contains much that is new and much that is true. Unfortunately, that which is true is not new and that which is new is not true."

In H. Eves, Return to Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber, and Schmidt, 1988.
Another memorable comment was kindly passed on to me by Prof. Tony Barrett of Imperial College, London.
"This paper should be reduced by 50% and oxidised by 150%"- Anon

P.S. On another blog, someone reminded me that the former quote was plagiarized from Samuel Johnson. As they say, if you don't know where a quote came from, say Oscar Wilde or Samuel Johnson and you have a fair chance of being right.



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