Wednesday, March 23, 2005

the woes of /.

A post about new work related to Ramanujan's congruences on /. represents a new low for the forum. The text of the post refers to Ramanujan as a "self-taught math genius from India" and "the Indian math guy". The referenced New Scientist article has his name in the first sentence. A clear indication of sloppiness on the part of the poster. A lot of the retorts in the thread share my sentiment. Some even argue racism. And you can ignore the usual nonsense about outsourcing (which seems to come up every time India is mentioned ... there's a geographical cliché for you).

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