An appetizer for the impatient lubologist November 19, 2008Posted by dorigo in internet, personal, physics, science.
Tags: Lubos Motl
I cannot resist directing the Lubophilites and the Lubophobes among you to the thread of the former post, where, out of the blue, Lubos starts an attempt at explaining why Strassler’s estimate of the cross section of “ghost events” in the recent CDF publication is right, and I am wrong.
Of course, I am right and Strassler is wrong. I know it because I authored the paper, but even if I had been so careless as to not know what I signed, I did talk about that very number -the cross section error of Strassler- with the main author of the CDF study. In any case, Lubos in the thread shows just how arrogant he is and -to his credit- how much he believes in himself, launching himself with a smile in the den of the tiger. Indeed, I explain to him what his error is (he can be excused for that: the CDF publication is not too clear about the fact that most of the study is performed with 742/pb, and only a part with 2100/pb), but he ignores my warnings, and ends up in a really sorry situation: having to choose between two evils. Defend his mistake ad infinitum, showing the world he is childish beyond repair, or retreat in good order ?
Of course, if you know Lubos, you know what he will do: and in fact, he counterattacks, ending even deeper in trouble. Some of the sentences of his last comment show just how deep his ignorance is.
An appetizer of better things to come -I will have a detailed post out tomorrow- below, pasted from his last comment (oh, as of now… He might please us with others):
The number 742/pb only tells us that in about 1/3 of the proton-antiproton collisions, a bottom-antibottom pair was believed to be created at the very beginning, as evidenced by the dimuon trigger. One could use this number, 742/pb, if it were true that all these events recorded with the dimuon trigger had the bottom-antibottom pair at the beginning of the event, and if all the cross sections were somewhat re-expressed as cross sections for bottom-antibottom collisions. Well, except that the bottom-antibottom are not really colliding here. They are just produced in 1/3 of the collisions.
1/3 of the collisions ? OMG LUBOOOOOOS! :))))
Now this post will appear as a “revenge” against Lubos Motl’s last post, where he uses a pair of pages to bitterly criticize me for my post on Strassler. I deny that: I in fact had posted on his blog the following comment (I paste it here because he might remove it, if I know him…):
Nice article. Very wrong, but quite readable.
The authors of the CDF paper on multi-muons are not a unknown subset, since they all signed, and their names are on the front page. What is unknown is the fraction that did not sign, because authorship in CDF varies from paper to paper, due to people leaving CDF, new members, visitors who sign only one paper, etc.
About the rest… [Invalid characters removed.]
As you see, nothing aggressive on my part, and the exchange happened before the thread in my blog turned bad. But of course, I was not fast enough – after finally understanding his blunder, he removed the part where I explained his mistake, lest his readers understand he is wrong, and added a copy of his “explanations”. Oh well. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, even on Lubos Motl.