The n-Category Café

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2024-03-29 14:30:12

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Philip Helbig is an astrophysicist who wrote a paper called The flatness problem and the age of the Universe. It’s a good review of some very important problems, but the arXiv refused to accept it in the category where it belongs, astro-ph. Instead they tried to shunt it off to gen-ph. This is their usual strategy for dealing with bad papers, designed to keep the more important categories clean. Helbig protested, and this blog article is the story of what happened next.

Briefly: by now his paper has been published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, but the arXiv still refuses to accept his paper in astro-ph. Recently Stein Sigurðsson, the Scientific Director of the arXiv, gave this cryptic response:

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