In this short post I am going to discuss some of the shortest papers ever written all over the world!!!!! This idea came to my mind due to a post by @seanmcarroll on twitter and other social networks…
Shortest papers on mathematics…? I know the following two papers (one quoted by Sean, the next one I have discussed it here):
1. Counterexample to Euler’s Conjecture of sums of like powers.
2. Moonshine and the meaning of life.
The texts are given below. Firstly:
The second one is this one: http://arxiv.org/abs/1408.2083 Its title said it all: Moonshine and the Meaning of Life. I talked about it in this post http://www.thespectrumofriemannium.com/2014/08/13/log154-moonshine-and-42-the-paper/
In pictures, it can be shown here:
Finally, my next example is a old example from physics. And it is also related to some of my old posts here http://www.thespectrumofriemannium.com/2012/12/28/log069-cpn-spheres-1836/
Here you are the shortest paper on Physics I do know:
3. The ratio of proton and electron masses.
4. A refinement of a Theorem of J.E. Littlewood
5. Can apparent superluminal neutrino speeds be explained as a quantum weak measurement?
Title: Can apparent superluminal neutrino speeds be explained as a quantum weak measurement?
Authors: M V Berry, N Brunner, S Popescu & P Shukla.
Published: November 11 2011, J.Phys.A 44 492001
Abstract: Probably not.
I also found here this:
“(…)In 1974, clinical psychologist Dennis Upper found himself stricken with writer’s block. Though pen was to paper, no words would flow. He decided to solve his problem with a scientific experiment. Yet, as is frequently the case in science, his experiment didn’t work as intended, and that’s putting it euphemistically. Despite the failure, his work, “The unsuccessful self-treatment of a case of “writer’s block,” was published in the prestigious Journal of Applied Behavioral Analysis. It is reproduced in its entirety below:
Despite the paper’s glaring brevity, Upper’s reviewer hailed its brilliance:
I have studied this manuscript very carefully with lemon juice and X-rays and have not detected a single flaw in either design or writing style. I suggest it be published without revision. Clearly it is the most concise manuscript I have ever seen-yet it contains sufficient detail to allow other investigators to replicate Dr. Upper’s failure. In comparison with the other manuscripts I get from you containing all that complicated detail, this one was a pleasure to examine. Surely we can find a place for this paper in the Journal-perhaps on the edge of a blank page.
Do you know any other short paper about Physics, Chemistry, Medicine or Mathematics that deserve to be in this list?
Let me know, if you pass my spam-filter, Trivial Pursuit alike, questionnaire… XD…
P.S.: A shortest abstract was communicated to me after writing this post, you can see it here: http://inspirehep.net/record/110443
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