January 27, 2017
The www.aias.us site is now archived for preservation on www.webarchive.org.uk, with Wayback Machine software, and it is up to date, archived by Aled Betts at the National Library of Wales. Click on www.webarchive.co.uk, Science and Technology, Alpha Institute for Advanced Studies, then “check on URL at time of capture”. The site as it is today comes up, complete with the entire blog. It is”
One of us once had a heated argument with a university librarian. It was the January following the execution of the depraved Nikolae Ceausescu and his pseudoscientist wife, Elena. The librarian objected to the reasonable suggestion that her full-page colour photograph should now be removed from every copy of the Revue Roumaine de Chimie (and it was in every copy). He thought that it was his job to preserve rubbish. In an air-conditioned strong-room at Swansea County Hall, there is a letter which is treated with all of the reverence of a holy relic. It is a letter from Einstein, answering a question about the twin paradox (this is a great favourite in the lunatic fringe, because the loonies fondly imagine that it disproves special relativity). The letter was sent to a telephone engineer (not the sort who designs city-scale communications infrastructure but the sort who wears a donkey-jacket and climbs telephone poles) who liked astronomy. That engineer went on to become a (ugh!) philosopher and then spent all of his time attacking both Einstein and Newton. That crank was to become, of course, the self-styled ‘Professor’ ‘Viv’ Pope*; the other anti-Einstein wannabe physicist who will forever bring shame on Swansea. So, that’s another librarian who is set on preserving rubbish … in an air-conditioned vault. Isn’t it funny how everything comes in threes?