I started to write a very different article.
Last week I read a brilliantly written, carefully reasoned, cleverly illustrated article giving a new (and obvious in retrospect) reason why the world should immediately adopt the technology I favor.
Unfortunately, a tiny bit of checking suggests that a key number in their story is simply wrong.
With what I find in the literature to be the correct number, it is still a compelling argument but an argument for the other side.
What to do?
This hadn’t happened to me before.
I privately sent the author a note explaining that the number seemed wrong to me and that asked for a citation.
That much is easy.
But what do I do if he doesn’t answer? Or answers that indeed his number was wrong but won’t retract?
I don’t know.