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Quantum Fluctuations of Spacetime (World Scientific Series in Contemporary Chemical Physics) (World Scientific Series in Contemporary Chemical Physics) Vol.25 Hardcover – December 30, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-9812565150 ISBN-10: 9812565159

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  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company (December 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9812565159
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812565150
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Crowell on July 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The first thing to point out is that although, by coincidence, my last name is the same as Lawrence B. Crowell's, we are not related as far as I know. I have never met him.

This book has an impressive title, it looks like it's published by a legitimate publisher, and the two authors claim impressive-sounding academic credentials. Let's analze some of these claims.

Lawrence B. Crowell claims to be affiliated with the "Alpha Institute of Advanced Study" in Budapest. This institute does not actually appear to exist, except in Mr. Crowell's imagination. There is also an "Alpha Institute for Advanced Studies" (note the "for" and plural "Studies"), run by Myron W. Evans, who has written his own book in collaboration with Mr. Crowell, published by the same publisher. At one time, Evans was able to publish a series of papers in a junk journal called Foundations of Physics Letters. These papers made a number of crackpot claims, such as disproof of Einstein's theory of relativity and propagation of electromagnetic forces at infinite speed. When the journal was rolled into Foundations of Physics, under a new and well known editor, Gerard 't Hooft, 't Hooft felt compelled to solicit three papers debunking Evans' ideas, and to write an editorial disassociating the journal from them.

Crowell says inside the book that certain portions of it were written by Robert Betts, of the UMass Boston math department. This might give the impression that Betts was on the faculty at UMass. In fact, Betts received an undergraduate degree from UMass in 2002, three years before the date of this book.

Finally, there is the question of the credibility of the publisher, World Scientific, Singapore.
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