Mathematics? Surely he will perform better in this field than he has in the other matters linked to above. He is after all, a scientist--or at least a scientist with training wheels on, in contrast to yours truly, whose last formal encounter with mathematics was college calculus, taken only under threat of not completing the university general education requirements.
But, alas, even mathematics seems to pose a challenge for our overexcitable science grad student.
I had pointed to the letter signed by 162 members of the American Physical Society, including one Nobel Prize winner and 12 members of the National Academies, contesting an official letter sent by APS leaders that we must pass legislation that will have devastating effects on our economy to prevent the End of the World as We Know It.
Here is Rosenau's response, from his post "On Counting":
Alas for Cothran, the APS has 47,189 members, so the dissent of 162 hardly undermines a claim of consensus.Trouble is that's 162 more members that have gone individually on record in support of the organization's official stance. Rosenau apparently didn't note this paragraph in the letter from the dissenting APS members:
We know of no evidence that any of the “leaders” of the scientific community who signed the letter to you ever asked their membership for their opinions, before claiming to represent them on this important matter.So we have 47,189 members whose positions are unknown and 162 members, some prominent, who are on record. In other words, the fact that there are 47,189 members doesn't mean anything, since we don't know where they stand.
But it doesn't matter. The End is Near. Just keep repeating it.