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Why did I create this article?
Principally because in rewriting Crank (person) I thought it important to stress that while cranks like James S. Harris or Archimedes Plutonium may be presently regarded as very annoying, they will most likely to quickly forgotten after their demise. The example of Abian, who was greatly resented during his lifetime by the denizens of sci.math, and who naturally fell silent upon his death in 1999, sprang to mind as an example of energetic but ultimately futile promotion of bizzare (possibly even unique) notions. ---CH 01:57, 22 May 2006 (UTC)
Why is there a table of names, Universities and dates?
Are these past students? I don't see the relevance. --Parasite 04:19, 1 July 2006 (UTC)
- Hmm... it was added by an anon 126.96.36.199 (talk · contribs), the tukw.qwest.net anon, in the Puget Sound region. Indeed, from this link it appears that this is a list of Abian's nine Ph.D. students. ---CH 16:48, 1 July 2006 (UTC)
I am confused by the following sentence:
Refutations were given toward that idea by NASA saying that part of the exploded Moon would come back as a meteorite impacting the Earth and causing sufficient damage to extinguish all life, while restoring the seasons in the process.
Does this really mean that NASA made some kind of statement on this gibberish? And if so, did they really say that Moon fragmdents striking the Earth would result in "restoring the seasons." I thought that the seasons were the result of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, and the tilt of the Earth on its axis. What has the Moon got to do with it? All joking aside, was this man insane? 188.8.131.52 (talk) 04:10, 21 January 2009 (UTC)
Serious mathematical work
Abian also did some serious mathematics. According to http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Zermelo-FraenkelAxioms.html, "Abian proved consistency and independence of four of the Zermelo-Fraenkel axioms." with reference: Abian, A. "On the Independence of Set Theoretical Axioms." Amer. Math. Monthly 76, 787-790, 1969. Mark314159 (talk) 13:08, 26 January 2010 (UTC)