Tuesday, April 24, 2012

24 April: This Day In AUK History

24 April 2003

a (yes, that's the poster's nym) nominated James Harris for the Victor von Frankenstein Weird Science Award.  The nomination was seconded by Wayne Brown.  Harris was nominated for his Short Proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, which, he believed, was going to make him "...famous, get cash, and hang out on the beach..."  The only thing standing in Harris's way was the fact that no mathematicians supported his Short Proof.  Harris maintained that other mathematicians had formed a conspiracy to suppress his discovery.

James Harris went on to win the Victor von Frankenstein Weird Science Award for April 2003.  It is interesting to note that Wayne Brown, who seconded Harris's nomination, would go on to win his own award three years later.  Brown was the April 2006 winner of the Busted Urinal Award.

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