Controversial doctoral defence postponed
The Technical University Eindhoven cancelled the controversial doctoral defence of chemist Marcoen Cabbolet on Monday.22 January 2008
AMSTERDAM – The Technical University Eindhoven cancelled the controversial doctoral defence of chemist Marcoen Cabbolet on Monday. His dissertation was approved by the doctoral committee but its defence was postponed by the university's executive board because of doubts about its quality.
Nobel prize winner Gerard 't Hooft, whom the board asked for advice, was very critical: "The argument is muddled, the passages on physics largely contain nonsense." Other experts consulted agreed with his viewpoint, which the university has now adopted.
Cabbolet responded: "The experts in theoretical physics consulted have no expertise in this area. ‘t Hooft only looked at it quickly. Moreover he does not have a monopoly on the truth."
The university has apologised to the doctoral candidate for errors in the procedure and is reimbursing his costs.
The dissertation describes an Elementary Process Theory (EPT). The contents are at odds with established theories like the theory of relativity.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]
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