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— Wikipedian —
 :Then, blessing all, 'Go, children of my care! :To practice now from theory repair.                     580 :All my commands are easy, short, and full: :My sons! be proud, be selfish, and be dull. :Guard my prerogative, assert my throne: :This nod confirms each privilege your own.—Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
Then, blessing all, 'Go, children of my care!
To practice now from theory repair. 580
All my commands are easy, short, and full:
My sons! be proud, be selfish, and be dull.
Guard my prerogative, assert my throne:
This nod confirms each privilege your own.
Name Kiefer.Wolfowitz
Education and employment
Occupation mathematical scientist and scientific statistician
Hobbies, favourites and beliefs
Hobbies music, playing guitar
Aliases responds to "KW", "Kiefer", "Wolfie", etc.

This user is no longer active on Wikipedia.



I like epigraphs!

"true eloquence I find to be none, but the serious and hearty love of truth: And that whose mind so ever is fully possest with a fervent desire to know good things, and with the dearest charity to infuse knowledge of them into others, when such a man would speak, his words (by what I can expresse) like so many nimble and airy servitors trip about him at command, and in well order'd files, as he would wish, fall aptly into their own places."

"when complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for." "For he who freely magnifies what hath been nobly done, and fears not to declare as freely what might be done better, gives ye the best covenant of his fidelity."

About Me

Name "Kiefer.Wolfowitz"

Professional interests

History in encyclopedia articles

Some thoughts (following some edits of History of macroeconomic thought, which again has added fringe economics).


The first Encyclopaedia was created by French philosophes during the Enlightenment. Since the time of Diderot and D'Alembert, Encyclopedias have striven to cover the best currently available thought and to sketch the development of these thoughts.

Immanuel Kant wrote an essay "Idea towards a universal history with a cosmopolitan intent" (along with "What Is Enlightenment?").


Charles Sanders Peirce wrote extensively on the history of science:

  • Peirce, C. S., Historical Perspectives on Peirce's Logic of Science: A History of Science, 2 vols., Carolyn Eisele, ed., Mouton De Gruyter, Berlin, New York, Amsterdam, 1985, x + 1,131 pages, hardcover (ISBN 978-0899250342, ISBN 0899250343).

His familiarity with science, as a practitioner and as a historian "at close quarters", helped him to formulate and to give an improved account of the scientific method, which accounted for progress in mathematics, logic, and science:

  • (1877–1878), "Illustrations of the Logic of Science" (series), Popular Science Monthly, vols. 12–13:

Alasdair MacIntyre has written about the philosophy of science:


I prefer accessing these references here, rather than asking the search engine for help.



*WP:Biographies of living persons
*Restoring deleted content: "The burden of proof is on those who wish to retain, restore, or undelete the disputed material. When material about living persons has been deleted on good-faith BLP objections, any editor wishing to add, restore, or undelete it must ensure it complies with Wikipedia's content policies. If it is to be restored without significant change, consensus must be obtained first"


Good things to know

Writing articles

"I know how to write down words on a piece of paper? That’s what you do, man, you put down one word after the other as it comes in your head. It isn’t like having to learn how to play the piano, like you have to learn notes. You already learned in school how to write, didn’t you? I hope so. You have the idea and you put down what you want to say. Then you get somebody to add in the commas and shit where they belong, if you aren’t positive yourself. Maybe fix up the spelling where you have some tricky words. There people do that for you. Some, I’ve even seen scripts where I know words weren’t spelled right and there was hardly any commas in it. So I don’t think it’s too important. You come to the last page you write in ‘Fade out’ and that’s the end, and you’re done.”

This collection is useful for editing articles.

Text editor

Style manuals


Wikipedia projects and selected articles

For several WikiProjects, I've contributed to many articles (more significantly to those with emboldened titles).

As an editor, I focused first on design of experiments and more recently on computational statistics and econometrics, related to convex minimization. Then I focused mostly on convexity in economics, non-convexity (economics), and Shapley–Folkman lemma. Lately, music has been my main area of editing.

It has been a pleasure to learn from more experienced (and energetic) editors such as David Eppstein and Melcombe.


The editing of footers is plagued with disagreement on their purpose, organization, and inclusion criteria. However, we can try to improve existing footers:

Did you know? (DYK)

Labor donated

Dyk25CE.svg The 25 DYK Creation and Expansion Medal
Congratulations on reaching your 25th DYK! It's not the highest profile area of wikipedia, but it needs as many good articles as it can get, and you're clearly doing a good job!

Oh and I'll let you add yourself to the List of Wikipedians by number of DYKs

I've added some images here:

Did you know


Guitar tunings

Open tunings
Overtones tuning

A musical stave  displaying the overtones (harmonics).

Regular tunings
Major-thirds tuning
Repetitive tuning

Major-thirds tuning repeats itself (at a higher octave) after three strings. Thus, chords can be shifted vertically on the same frets.  The shift of a C major chord (with notes C,E,G) is displayed.

Ralph Patt

An equilateral triangle's corners represent the equally spaced notes of a major-thirds tuning, here E-C-G♯. The triangle is circumscribed by the chromatic circle, which lists the 12 notes of the octave.

Major-thirds tuning

A seven-string guitar with the open-strings annotated with the notes D-G-B-D-G-B-D

Augmented fourths

A guitar fretboard with line-segments connecting the successive open-string notes of the standard tuning

  • ... that, while the standard guitar-tuning E-A-D-G-B-E includes one major third amid four perfect fourths (illustrated), the augmented-fourths tuning B-F-B-F-B-F has only tritone intervals? 4 July 2012, 2524 Visitors

Discipline Global Mobile

A knotwork, a design often associated with Celtic traditions. The outer design is a a circle, surrounding what appears to be a triangle surrounded by a Celtic knot at first glance. Closer inspection of the triangle reveals that it is in fact an organic part of the inner knot, which seems to have two continuous segments linked by knots. At first glance, the knotwork appears to be symmetric; closer inspection reveals that the right-hand knots seem to be the reverse of the left-hand knots and there are are small differences among the "twin nots"; the right and left hands of the design have variations, much as our right and left hands have subtle distinctions. The design is not symmetric with respect to 120 degree rotations: The center of the pseudo-triangle is above the center of the surrounding circle, but visual balance is maintained by extra knots below the lower pseudo–line-segment.  The background is crimson.

Heroes of freedom struggles

Against fascism

Alfie Fripp

Tunnel "Harry" from the Great Escape.

C. A. Patrides
John Milton

Against racism and communism

The Polish labor union Solidarity was supported by Tom Kahn of the AFL–CIO and Carl Gershman of the National Endowment for Democracy. The picture displays the 21 demands of Solidarity.
Main article: Social Democrats, USA
George Meany
Headshot of George Meany
Penn Kemble
Snapshot of Penn Kemble
Carl Gershman
Carl Gershman gives an award to a young man, while three other men look on.
Tom Kahn
Tom Kahn

Mathematical sciences

Functional analysis

Svante Janson
Photograph of Lennart Carleson
Hans Rådström
Headshot of Martin Gardner
  • ... that, in addition to having worked on convex sets, mathematician Hans Rådström edited the Swedish translation of the Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions, which was written by Martin Gardner (pictured)? 31 December 2011 105 Visitors (Collaboration with Sasha)
Kharkiv (Kharkov)
Mikhail Kadets
Photograph of Kharkiv

Variational analysis

Ivar Ekeland

A picture of the Feigenbaum bifurcation of the logistic function.

Robert Phelps

A picture of the Julia set

John Rainwater
Head and upper torso of Phelps
  • ... that, despite having been created as a student prank, a fake mathematician is the author of several well-received research papers and is the namesake of the functional-analysis seminar at the University of Washington? 1 April 2012, 10,032 Visitors]
Peter Orno
Several tall Arabic numerals standing upright in a lawn.
  • ... that the fictitious mathematician Peter Orno's pseudonymous abbreviation "P. ORNO" was inspired by erotic publications? 7-8 May 2012, 2775 Visitors]

Mathematical sciences

Optimization and economics: Convex sets

Most of these were done following the excellent leadership of David Eppstein

Criss-cross algorithm

A cube has three dimensions—breadth, depth, and height.

Jon Folkman
Photograph of Paul Erdős
Shapley–Folkman lemma
The sumset on the right is covered by the unions of the sums of two summand sets and two convexified summands sets on the left.
Photograph of Kennethh J. Arrow
Non-convexity (economics)
Picture of a non-convex consumer preference and a tangent budget line that has two contact points.
Andreu Mas-Colell
Graciela Chichilnisky


Design of experiments
Gustav Elfving
Picture of a man taking measurements with a theobolite in a frozen environment.
Henry B. Mann

A Latin square.

Robert V. Hogg


An animation of a water pipe for smoking marijuana
Wikipediocracy's documentation was the source cited for a story on the Russian-language Wikipedia's suppression of information about marijuana "inhalation devices".


Cornflower blue Yogo sapphire.jpg tuning
Thank you for quality articles on tuning and mathematicians, even fictitious ones, for tuned comments to well-wishers, and for striving for serenity when you are "right but others are not ready to listen", - you are an awesome Wikipedian! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:43, 22 August 2012 (UTC)


Working Man's Barnstar.png The Working Man's Barnstar
In appreciation of your work on Shlomo Sawilowsky‎, I hereby award you this barnstar.--Iulus Ascanius (talk) 14:53, 8 February 2010 (UTC)
Peace Barnstar 6.png The Barnstar of Diplomacy
for your tireless liaison work at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Monty Hall problem. Elen of the Roads (talk) 13:59, 25 March 2011 (UTC)
Mensch5.png The Barnstar of Integrity
For keeping the good of the Wiki ahead of thy personal glory, I hereby grant thee, Kiefer.Wolfowitz, this Barnstar for thy great expansion and neutralizing of Social Democrats, USA Crisco 1492 (talk) 15:00, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

Order-of-the-Red-Star.jpg The Workers' Barnstar
This user has shown great editing skills in improving articles related to Communism or Socialism.
  • ...For your ongoing efforts to eliminate tendentious distortions from histories and biographies relating to 1970s American radicalism. Carrite (talk) 16:21, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

GA barnstar.png The Good Article Barnstar
Thanks Kiefer.Wolfowitz for helping to promote Tom Kahn to Good Article status. Please accept this little sign of appreciation and goodwill from me, because you deserve it. Keep it up, and give some a pat on the back today. --Sp33dyphil ©© 08:12, 23 November 2011 (UTC)
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KW, I present this barnstar in commemoration of the recent birth in your family. Petaluma, California was the center of the universe for Jewish socialist chicken ranchers 100 years ago. That was the environment where my father-in-law was born. That's where I took this photograph. Thank you for all that you do for Wikipedia, and I bid you peace. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 06:44, 12 August 2012 (UTC)
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For your contributions to Discipline Global Mobile sir. You deserve it! :) Yasht101 09:48, 15 April 2012 (UTC)
TenorBalalaika1.jpg The Guitarists Award
For your efforts into guitar tunings on Wikipedia. As a guitarist myself I find some of them very useful! Pictured is a Tenor Balalaika, but what the heck it's a stringed instrument! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:45, 16 June 2012 (UTC)
Barnstar of Diligence Hires.png The Barnstar of Diligence
For your efforts to date in improving Guitar chords. ♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:11, 10 September 2012 (UTC)
GoodArticleCreatorBarnstar.svgBarnstar-R&BandSoulMusic.png The Good Article Barnstar and Music Barnstar
I congratulate for you tireless efforts on editing Ralph Patt to good article. You are, certainly, welcome for your ... valuable vast efforts for the mystery of music and honor of Wikipedia. --GoShow (............................) 17:37, 17 October 2012 (UTC)
Surreal Barnstar Hires.png The Surreal Barnstar
Between your ArbCom role playing game and this edit, you have provided me with at least two very trippy 5:00AM style moments in the last week. "Surreal" certainly is a good word for it, and so I award you this Surreal Barnstar. Ks0stm (TCGE) 11:07, 17 November 2012 (UTC)
Kindness Barnstar Hires.png The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
For never forgetting your kindness and humanity in AN discussions, and for understanding that bans should only be used as a last resort. Thanks. ~ DanielTom (talk) 09:50, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Food and drink

Flickr - cyclonebill - Marv med syltede grøntsager.jpg Good taste award
I've hopped over to that fancy restaurant in Copenhagen to bring you a nourishing dish of marv med syltede grøntsager. Elen of the Roads (talk) 21:57, 13 December 2012 (UTC)
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This editor is a Most Perfect Tutnum and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain and Cigarette Burn.

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