The Most Interesting Scholar in the World

29 September 2009 at 7:20 am 6 comments

| Peter Klein |

With apologies to Dos Equis:

His work would pass peer review . . . if he had peers.

Students take his classes, just because they find them interesting.

His main intellectual predecessor . . . is himself.

His Erdős number is negative.

He once rejected one of his own articles, just to see how it felt.

He reads Sanskrit . . . in mathematics.

A man came out of a coma after touching one of his books.

Football players at his university have season tickets to his lectures.

Stay thirsty for knowledge, my friends.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ty Mackey  |  29 September 2009 at 12:04 pm

    He rejects TCE…because his rationality is unbounded

  • 2. Andre Sammartino  |  30 September 2009 at 1:06 am

    It’s like looking in the mirror :)

  • 3. Rafe Champion  |  30 September 2009 at 1:33 am

    From a local list of examination delights.

    “Shakespeare never made a lot of money so now he is only known as a writer”.

  • 4. Michael E. Marotta  |  4 October 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Gregg Barak

    Dr, Barak is a criminologist. Left of Marx, he reconciled Modernism with Post-Modernism (almost). His long string of achievements and lifetime on a Freudian couch leave him with a strong sense of self-esteem that permits dissent, unusual n an otherwise monolithic and hegemonic leftwing department.

    On the downside, arguing with him only gives him more opportunity to show off, but on the debit side of assets he grades on the basis of the work you do, the more original, the better, regardless.

    From gymnastics and surfing to threats from the Las Vegas mafia to field work with Timothy Leary, he’s quick to cite his more interesting moments and never shy about having them.

    Myself, I have held office here as a Republican and I earned an A in his graduate crim theory class. Our deal was that if my term paper was good enough to submit to a peer reviewed journal, he would wriite a letter to get me into the doctoral program of my choice, skilpping the masters. I fell short, I admit. He still graded the paper an A and noted the shortfall.

    Among all of the commies and pinkos I have known on campus, he is intellectually honest and academically engaging. He is an example of the best that that Left has to offer.

    I doff my hat.

  • 5. Rob  |  15 October 2009 at 8:57 am

    The Chuck Norris of Academia.

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