### DIMACS - RUTGERS EXPERIMENTAL MATHEMATICS SEMINAR

Sponsored by the Rutgers University Department of Mathematics and the

Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS)

**Co-organizers:**
**Brian Nakamura**, Rutgers University, bnaka {at} math [dot] rutgers [dot] edu
** Doron Zeilberger**, Rutgers University, zeilberg {at} math [dot] rutgers [dot] edu

Title: A Case Study In Early 21st-Century Mathematical Narrow-Mindedness: How a "Non-Rigorous", but ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN Disproof of a 45-Year Old Conjecture Made by One of the Greatest Number Theorists of the 20th Century Got Rejected By Three Journals

Speaker: **Doron Zeilberger**, Rutgers University

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012 5:00pm

Location: Hill Center, Room 705, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ

Abstract:

I will tell the sad (but funny!) story how the beautiful
refutation by Drew Sills and myself, of a long-standing
conjecture by Hans Rademacher, got rejected by three
journals. First we (naively!) submitted it to George
Andrews, Rademacher's "Benjamin" (see the bottom of this
page) for the Proceedings of the National Academy of
Science, who rejected it because it was "only
experimental". Then we submitted it to Mathematics of
Computation (see its editorial board), who rejected it
because, while "interesting", it "does not meet the `high'
standards of the journal, since it is 'only
computational'". Finally we submitted it to the journal
Experimental Mathematics (see its editorial board), that
when it was founded, was a breath of fresh air, but in
recent times, under the current editor-in-chief, has
deterioated into "J. of Algorithmic Algebraic Geometry", who
once again rejected our masterpiece, ostensibly because it
"does not ring with enduring significance" (whatever that
means), but most probably because it was "only
experimental".

See: http://www.math.rutgers.edu/~bnaka/expmath/