Courriel de Jim Peebles .pdf


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De : !Jim Peebles <pjep@Princeton.EDU> Objet : ! Rép : Some questions about what you wrote in a French
CMB-related book
Date : ! 6 octobre 2010 19:43:15 HAEC À : !Alain Riazuelo <riazuelo@iap.fr>
Cc : !Igor Bogdanoff <i.bogdanoff@orange.fr>, John C. (GSFC-6600) Mather <john.c.mather@nasa.gov>,
SMOOT@phyweb.lbl.gov
Dear Colleague
I am drawn -- against my wishes -- further into the controversy of the Bogdanovs' book.I feel I must request a clarification in your
notes at http://www2.iap.fr/users/riazuelo/fpc/bog/lvdd/lvdd.php of your quotes from me.
Prior to the quotes in your notes I am identified as la troisième récipiendaire d'un prix prestigieux (Jim Peebles, ...
Among the quotes is the sentence, Le troisième résumera en disant It sounds like I have been duped. Unless my French quite
deceives me the reasonable presumption is that I, as the third person identified, am the one who wrote It sounds like I have
been duped. I cannot believe that; it is not my style at all. I can find only one set of comments I sent to you, as follows :
Dear Colleague Thank you for your comments.
Since my ability to read French has sadly decayed I did not read much of the text written by the Bogdanovs. My recollection
of what I did read includes celebrations of the wonders of the physical universe that perhaps are overly enthusiastic in
parts, but that is their choice. I did not notice
expression of support for intelligent design, but again they surely are free to do so. I do not see any merit in intelligent
design, you will find no support for it in my essay, and I hope that will be recognized by readers of this book.
With best wishes, Jim Peebles
But I on occasion delete email. Maybe you have other comments from me?
In your notes you correctly enter my statement: I do not see any merit in intelligent design, you will find no support for it in my
essay, and I hope that will be recognized by readers of this book.
But it would be fair to enter the context, by including my preceding sentence:
I did not notice expression of support for intelligent design, but again they surely are free to do so.
My urgent requests:
1. please remove the implication that I wrote It sounds like I have been duped.
2. please restore context to my quote.
I do not object to your use of quotations from what I wrote to you, but that is my personal reaction. If Mather and Smoot also
agree to your use of their comments to you, then I suggest that you ought to state which of us said what.
I have no comments on the rest of your notes. As I said, my French has sadly decayed. I hope you understand that I completely
support your right to criticize the book, and to criticize my essay if you so wish. But I am sure you will fully agree that scrupulous
care must be taken in describing the opinions of others!
With all best wishes,
Cheers, Jim

18/03/2011 12:49


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