Remember the Sokal affair?  That was when an NYU physics professor submitted a parody article ostensibly about science, but using meaningless jargon to a journal of cultural studies, and it got accepted.  Oops.

Well, David Simmons-Duffin, a graduate student in theoretical physics at Harvard, has created a similar parody site called the snarXiv.  So far, the site uses context-free grammars to randomly generate meaningless abstracts involving fancy terminology.  For instance,

We verify an involved correspondence between decay constants in supergravity deformed by multi-fermion operators and path integrals in superconformal superconformal QFTs surrounded by (p,q) instantons. The determination of superconformal effects localizes to AdS_n x P^m. Therefore, some work was done among mathematicians on a model of bubbles. This result has long been understood in terms of the Wilsonian effective action. The Virosoro algebra is also bounded. After reviewing fragmentation functions, we derive that spinodal inflation at $\Lambda_{QCD}$ depends on the Seiberg-dual of the Landau-Ginzburg Model.

There is also a game where you can try to distinguish the fake abstracts from the real ones (on the arXiv, the actual site). I’m ashamed to say that I’m worse than a monkey at physics.

Now, someone who knows about programming should do the same for mathematics, and use the key words: “moduli spaces, etale cohomology, $latex  \infinity$-groupoidification, Deligne-Mumford stacks, perverse sheaves, Calabi-Yau manifolds, and homotopical category theory.”

Edit: Wait, there’s more!  Apparently, the creator has a theorem generator and even a program that can generate philosophy.

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