A Preliminary Forensic Exploration of a Scientific Social Technologies Success - The Garrett Lisi Story
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On November 6, 2007, Garrett Lisi (sometimes referred to as a surfer dude) posted an article to arXiv that rocked the profession of particle physics. In this presentation we explore how social ...

On November 6, 2007, Garrett Lisi (sometimes referred to as a surfer dude) posted an article to arXiv that rocked the profession of particle physics. In this presentation we explore how social technologies empowered an important scientific voice that might have been silenced under the traditional publishing model.

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  • 1. A Preliminary Forensic Exploration of a Scientific Social Technologies Success - The Garrett Lisi Story Patricia F. Anderson <pfa@umich.edu> UM Health Sciences Libraries November 28, 2007 © 2007 Regents of the University of Michigan. All rights reserved.
  • 2. Social Tech and Scholarly Publication
    • University of Washington Libraries: Scientific Publication Cycle <http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/environment/imt220/pubcycle.jpg>
  • 3. Social Tech and Scholarly Publication
    • Publishing without the academic infrastructure?
    • Problematic
  • 4. Who is Garrett Lisi?
    • His homepage at Sifter.com. Photo of him at Burning Man?
  • 5. Lisi in the news
  • 6. Who is Garrett Lisi?
    • Screenshot of his now famous article, posted to arXiv on November 6, 2007
  • 7. Lisi: An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything
  • 8. What is arXiv?
  • 9. The arXiv community
  • 10. arXiv endorsement process
  • 11. arXiv about Lisi
  • 12. Citebase about Lisi
  • 13. Spires about Lisi
  • 14. Where does arXiv get their stuff?
  • 15. HEP Reaction Data Database
  • 16. HEP Statistics Playground
  • 17. HEP Citation Distribution
  • 18. HEP Olympics
  • 19. PDG
  • 20. SLAC
  • 21. Who is Garrett Lisi?
    • His blog at fq(x) community
  • 22. What is fq(x)?
  • 23. What is fq(x)?
  • 24. Lisi posted his E8 theory in his blog at fq(x)
  • 25. Lisi announced his arXiv article at fq(x)
  • 26. Image of the E8 figure
  • 27. Lisi in Wikipedia
  • 28. Who is Garrett Lisi?
    • “ Lisi received a PhD in physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1999 [3] , and is listed as a visitor at the University of Hawaii [4] , but he does not currently hold a faculty position at any university, though he received support from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics [5] and the Foundational Questions Institute . [6] He has been described as a メ surfer dude モ who is primarily employed in activities outside of physics. [7] He splits his time living in Hawaii and Lake Tahoe, Nevada.”
  • 29. Who is Garrett Lisi?
    • Among other things, poster child for the power of social technologies in science.
  • 30. More
    • More links:
      • <http://del.icio.us/rosefirerising/lisi.garrett>
      • <http://del.icio.us/rosefirerising/science2.0>
    • More podcasts:
      • <http://www.dentalinformatics.com/>
      • <http://www.dent.umich.edu/informatics/bootcamp/>
      • <http://www.lib.umich.edu/hsl/podcasts/>
    • More slide presentations:
      • <http://www.slideshare.net/umhealthscienceslibraries/slideshows/>
  • 31. Questions?
      • Contact: Patricia Anderson at pfa@umich.edu