Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Apocalypse Not: "Harold Camping, Ig Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, explains his mistake"

From Improbable Research:
Harold Camping, co-winner of the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize in mathematics, has publicly stated (in an audio recording on Mr. Camping’s web site) that he recognizes his latest mathematical mistake. Mr. Camping thus continues his exemplary record as both a teacher and an eternal student of mathematics. Here are portions of his statement:
We’re living in a day when one problem follows another. And when it comes to trying to recognize the truth of prophecy, we’re finding that it is very very difficult…. Amongst other things I have been checking my notes more carefully than ever…. At least in a minimal way we are learning to walk more and more humble… We are simply learning. And sometimes it’s painful to learn.
The Christian Post has a transcription of the entire statement (which, be warned, Mr. Camping wrote in highly technical language)....MORE