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Old 2009-11-03, 20:55   #1
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Cool Crackpot Challenge

http://primes.utm.edu/notes/crackpot.html

It may be interesting to consider the extrema of the crackpot index (CI) in different contexts. The hope is that the CI correlates with the intuitive perception of 'crackpot-ness'.

To study this, I propose attempting to break it as much as possible. Who can find:
1. A non-crackpot document with a high index
2. A (possibly crackpot) document from a non-crackpot author with a high index
3. A crackpot document with a low index


For #2 I was thinking of Newton (in his later years) and, arguably, de Branges.

Documents, for the sake of this post, are papers, posts, webpages, listserv emails, etc.
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