The joy of viXra

From time to time on this blog I post rants about the state of scientific publishing, open access, the importance of the arXiv for astronomy and cosmology, and so on.

This morning, however, I discovered an “alternative” side to the whole business of online science, a site by the name of viXra. Most readers will probably be familiar with this site already – many no doubt publish there, in fact – but I have to say that it’s completely new to me. I urge you to check it out.

The structure and layout of viXra is almost identical to the arXiv, but the content is a bit … er … different. Naturally, I went straight for the section that mirrors astro-ph on the arXiv. The viXra version of astro-ph so far contains only 88 publications, but among them are papers of such outstanding quality that I’m sure this remarkable collection will grow very quickly when like-minded authors around the world find out about it.

I thought I’d post my favourite as an example. Initially, I was going to go with one entitled Ball Lightning, Micro Comets, Sprite-Fireballs and X-Ray/gamma Flashes According to Quantum FFF Theory, with the abstract

FUNCTION FOLLOWS FORM in Quantum FFF THEORY. The FORM and MICROSTRUCTURE of elementary particles, is supposed to be the origin of FUNCTIONAL differences between Higgs- Graviton- Photon- and Fermion particles. As a consequence, a NEW splitting, accelerating and pairing MASSLESS BLACK HOLE, able to convert vacuum energy (ZPE) into real energy by entropy decrease, seems to be able to explain quick Galaxy- and Star formation, down to Sunspots, (Micro) Comets, Lightning bolts, Sprite Fireballs and Ball Lightning.

I decided against this one, however, because of the tendency to burst inexplicably into upper case every now and again, which I found rather alarming.

I was also forced to reject this one, The Structuring Force of the Natural World, on the grounds that (a) it’s in Chinese so I can’t read it and (b) I don’t know what a “basket graph” is. Otherwise I’m sure its a splendid piece of work.

The assumption that the mass distribution of spiral galaxies is rational was suggested 11 years ago. The rationality means that on any spiral galaxy disk plane there exists a special net of orthogonal curves. The ratio of mass density at one side of a curve (from the net) to the one at the other side is constant along the curve. Such curve is called a proportion curve. Such net of curves is called an orthogonal net of proportion curves. I also suggested that the arms and rings are the disturbance to the rational structure. To achieve the minimal disturbance, the disturbing waves trace the orthogonal or non-orthogonal proportion curves. I proved 6 years ago that exponential disks and dual-handle structures are rational. Recently, I have also proved that rational structure satisfies a cubic algebraic equation. Based on these results, this paper ultimately demonstrates visually what the orthogonal net of proportion curves looks like if the superposition of a disk and dual-handle structures is still rational. That is, based on the natural solution of the equation, the rate of variance along the ‘radial’ direction of the logarithmic mass density is obtained. Its image is called the ‘basket graph’. The myth of galaxy structure will possibly be resolved based the further study of ‘basket graphs’.

In the end I decided to go for this impressive article, A Cantorian Superfluid Vortex and the Quantization of Planetary Motion

This article suggests a preliminary version of a Cantorian superfluid vortex hypothesis as a plausible model of nonlinear cosmology. Though some parts of the proposed theory resemble several elements of what have been proposed by Consoli (2000, 2002), Gibson (1999), Nottale (1996, 1997, 2001, 2002a), and Winterberg (2002b), it seems such a Cantorian superfluid vortex model instead of superfluid or vortex theory alone has never been proposed before. Implications of the proposed theory will be discussed subsequently, including prediction of some new outer planets in solar system beyond Pluto orbit. Therefore further observational data is recommended to falsify or verify these predictions. If the proposed hypothesis corresponds to the observed facts, then it could be used to solve certain unsolved problems, such as gravitation instability, clustering, vorticity and void formation in galaxies, and the distribution of planet orbits both in solar system and also exoplanets.

I’m not an expert on the “Cantorian superfluid vortex theory”, but I suspect the author may well be correct in saying that it has not previously been proposed as an explanation for the planetary orbits…

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16 Responses to “The joy of viXra”

  1. I think you really chose that one because it cites one of your papers…!

  2. Anton Garrett Says:

    I’ll bet there are papers there claiming to give the fine strcuture constant in terms of pi, e, sqrt(2) etc…

  3. and i assumed you were talking about the double-posting at the end of astro-ph today… i was thinking after seeing it that there should be a more appropriate place for it to have appeared.

  4. Bryn Jones Says:

    Actually, I’m quite encouraged by the viXra archive.

    A fear I’ve had for years is that the ArXiv preprint archive would become diluted with material that would never be accepted by any serious research journals. It would be easy for authors of substandard or eccentric articles to flood the ArXiv. This appears not to have happened, very fortunately.

    The viXra archive could become a burial ground for eccentric articles.

    This does raise one question: are eccentric contributions deleted from the ArXiv archive and the spammers prohibited from further uploads? (Good for the people who maintain the ArXiv if they are.)

  5. Brendan Says:

    “I decided against this one, however, because of the tendency to burst inexplicably into upper case every now and again, which I found rather alarming.”

    When I come across things written like this I always imagine the author to actually speak like this in real life, randomly yelling certain words.

  6. This is just the thing to fill the void left by the likes of the journal of cosmology, conservapedia, the Onion, and the annals of improbable research. One expects this awesome resource to be mined by the Discovery Institute extensively in their research to promote their goals. Makes me wish i had a PhD, so i could contribute some of my ground breaking theories with authority.

  7. I already have a favorite. It’s not a spoof, but also doesn’t exactly take itself too seriously. You’ve heard of “SETI@Home”. This is Astrophysics at home. Collecting micrometeorites from your drain spout and elsewhere near where you happen to live. Could be a fun time with the kids.

    http://www.vixra.org/pdf/1103.0101v1.pdf

  8. Bryn Jones Says:

    I must confess, I’m strongly tempted to submit some spoof articles.

  9. […] days, dear reader, there’s something new, something effulgent. It’s called viXra. The In The Dark blog tells us about this exciting collection of views about the universe and everything, and then […]

  10. […] days, dear reader, there’s something new, something effulgent. It’s called viXra. The In The Dark blog tells us about this exciting collection of views about the universe and everything, and then […]

  11. If you find viXra amusing you’ll love this site:
    http://www.physicsmyths.org.uk/

    Some of the articles appears reasonable at first glance, but you soon enter a whole world of nutty madness…

  12. telescoper Says:

    On the other hand, the “alternative” side of the interweb does have its positive side. Here, for example, is an authentic “theory of everything”, complete with a totally original approach to dimensional analysis. Top work, this.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/gunittheory?feature=mhee

  13. Stunning piece of work. I particularly admired the bold approximation made in the first step to overcome the horrendous complications of solving a quadratic equation.

  14. […] been far too long since I last posted an example from the Vault of Vixra, but I’m glad that my research students are keeping sufficiently up […]

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