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Recently, while looking for articles and documents to learn about the Riemann Hyopthesis, I came across a strange funny document of a chinese "mathematician" called Jiang Chun-Xuang who claimed to have disproved the RH, and he also said to have proved the Fermat's Last Theorem, before Wiles; the Golbach's Conjecture and more things.

This is not the first time I see how there is some people who have claimed to have solved problems without solving them, e.g. Chun-Xuang uses Euler's product in the critical strip without being it valid there.

So, what is my point? I am planning to write an article in which putting together all these people together, analyzing them and showing what is the difference between real mathematicians and these pseudo-mathematicians. In this way a confrontation is made in order to help people distinguish a person who really uses mathematics and someone who use mathematics only in appearance.

Thus I am interested in producing a list with all these people in order to have a good amount of examples before starting with my article.

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It's a tricky subject that needs to be handled very tactfully, but your article could make a valuable contribution and I would be interested in reading it. On the other hand, compiling a list like this is not a good fit for MO (it is likely to lead to extended discussion and controversy). –  Henry Cohn Apr 5 '13 at 15:29
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I understand your motivation, but this seems very unsuitable for MO as subjective and argumentative. (And potentially a bit mean: what if you label me as a charlatan, when in reality I'm just an honest but really incompetent mathematician?) –  Artie Prendergast-Smith Apr 5 '13 at 15:31
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Artie Prendergast-Smith makes an excellent point about the word "charlatan". Just to be clear, that word implies intentional dishonesty. –  Henry Cohn Apr 5 '13 at 15:50
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Josué Tonelli Cueto: right, I knew you were looking for examples of genuine dishonesty (if that's not an oxymoron). By the way, the answers that appeared suggest a form of the question that might have a chance of staying open: you could ask for published works discussing mathematical charlatans, rather than just names. But you should probably try discussing any revision on meta first. –  Artie Prendergast-Smith Apr 5 '13 at 16:30
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I vote not to reopen this (!) –  Mariano Suárez-Alvarez Apr 5 '13 at 23:56

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You should look to the work of Underwood Dudley on mathematical cranks.

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