Letter to Leon WieseltierPosted: October 29, 2013
To Leon Wieseltier:
I thought you might be interested in my campaign to get the American Journal of Physics to retract the attached article about evolution. It is a matter of national concern because it undermines the integrity of science. My congressman, Yvette Clarke (D-NY District 9), said the matter is being investigated. My correspondence with her staff is at:
In a nutshell, creationists have the incorrect but intelligible idea that evolution violates the second law of thermodynamics, according to which a cube of sugar will dissolve in a cup of coffee but will not un-dissolve. For the same reason, a gas will fill up the entire container it is in. This law does not apply to the evolution of stars or biological evolution because thermodynamics is the study of liquids, solids, and gases.
Nevertheless, a number of peer-reviewed and scholarly works in physics say that evolution does not violate the second law because of the sun. This is literally unintelligible, like thinking the planet Earth is a tetrahedron. The idea that Earth is flat is an intelligible error.
The attached article goes so far as to perform a fake calculation proving that the sun caused evolution. The article disgraces every physicist in the United States.
Very truly yours, David Roemer
Mailed on October 3, 2013 with certificates of mailing to The New Republic, 60 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10010 and to Marietta DeChristina, Scientific American, 75 Varick St., NY, NY 10013
email to Marietta DeChristina sent on October 8, 2013
I have sent a number of emails to Scientific America at email@example.com about the absurd article published by the American Journal of Physics (attached). I live in New York City, and want to meet with you to explain how much harm the AJP is doing by not retracting the article. I will be making a similar request to Leon Wieseltier because of his interest in the fallacy called scientism. The Scientific American is guilty of practicing scientism because its editors have ignored my emails.