Posted: Feb 27, 2017 10:17 pm
by VazScep
minininja wrote:Meh. He's still more knowledgeable than the average person on most of the subjects he's likely to be talking about. Even where he's flat out wrong he's inspiring people to look deeper for themselves. And he'd be the first to admit and be delighted to learn when he is wrong. That attitude is far more important than one of lecturing from a narrow point of expertise. If people were limited to only talk about things they were sure of, no scientist would ever say anything. And it's silly to listen to a science communicator and take their words for gospel anyway.
Okay. So we don't take his words as gospel. How do we take his words then? How many people who listened to that podcast are going to go off and learn the subtleties of transfinite set theory? How many people are instead going to repeat the utter gibberish he himself seems to have acquired and pass it on as "mind-blowing" that there are more numbers like pi than there are irrational numbers?

I mention Krauss, because he was one of those contributing to the utter nonsense that 1 + 2 + 3 + ... = -1/12. People tell me this today. They take it as gospel, because they're never going to actually go away and learn about the subtleties of analytic extensions of complex functions.