But the increasingly low standard of coherence in the whole field is what allowed them to think they were doing something sensible and publish it." Since 1979, Igor and Grichka Bogdanov have been widely known in France as television-show hosts.Their shows like Temps X (and more recently Rayons X) deal with topics in popular science and science fiction, and have attracted a large number of viewers. Present knowledge is unable to determine what happened during the Planck era, and the Bogdanov publications purported to have discovered what happened during this earliest epoch, and even before the moment of the singularity itself.While the Bogdanov brothers continued to defend the veracity of their work, a Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) internal report was conducted in private.
The New York Times, and other publications appeared soon after.One of the scientists who approved Igor Bogdanov's thesis, MIT's Roman Jackiw, spoke to New York Times reporter Dennis Overbye.Flato died in 1998, and his colleague Daniel Sternheimer (of CNRS) took over the job of supervising the Bogdanovs.According to Sternheimer, the twins viewed themselves as "the Einstein brothers" and had a propensity to voice vague, "impressionistic" statements; he considered guiding their efforts "like teaching My Fair Lady to speak with an Oxford accent." As he told The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sternheimer did not consider himself an expert in all the topics Grichka Bogdanov included in his thesis, but judged that those portions within his specialty were Ph. His advisors subsequently agreed to allow him to obtain a doctorate if he could publish three peer-reviewed journal articles.With revisions I expect the paper to be suitable for publication." The paper was accepted by the journal seven months later.
However, after the publication of the article and the publicity surrounding the controversy, mathematician Greg Kuperberg posted to Usenet a statement written by Andrew Wray and Hermann Nicolai of the CQG editorial board.
" Baez was comparing the Bogdanovs' publications to the 1996 Sokal affair, in which physicist Alan Sokal successfully submitted an intentionally nonsensical paper to a cultural studies journal in order to criticize the incoherence of postmodernism.
The Bogdanovs quickly became a popular discussion topic, with most respondents agreeing that the papers were flawed.
In 2002, after publishing the requisite articles, Igor was given a Ph. in theoretical physics from the University of Burgundy.
In justifying the conferring of doctoral degrees to the Bogdanovs, Sternheimer told the Times, "These guys worked for 10 years without pay.
Originally sent via e-mail, the statement read, in part, Regrettably, despite the best efforts, the refereeing process cannot be 100% effective. made it through the review process even though, in retrospect, it does not meet the standards expected of articles in this journal...