Posted by: wasatchprotocol | December 8, 2010

Physician pushes scientific boundaries by “discovering” integration.

This is a bit dated, but it’s hilarious.  My friend Zac came across this and posted it up.  It must be shared once more.

Link:  medical-researcher-discovers-integration-gets-75-citations

In a paper –

A mathematical model for the determination of total area under glucose tolerance and other metabolic curves. M.M. Tai. Diabetes Care, Vol 17, Issue 2 152-154

– published in a scientific/medical journal Dr. Tai “discovered” integration.  See the abstract below.

“OBJECTIVE: To develop a mathematical model for the determination of total areas under curves from various metabolic studies.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: In Tai’s Model, the total area under a curve is computed by dividing the area under the curve between two designated values on the X-axis (abscissas) into small segments (rectangles and triangles) whose areas can be accurately calculated from their respective geometrical formulas. The total sum of these individual areas thus represents the total area under the curve. Validity of the model is established by comparing total areas obtained from this model to these same areas obtained from graphic method (less than +/- 0.4%). Other formulas widely applied by researchers under- or overestimated total area under a metabolic curve by a great margin.

RESULTS: Tai’s model proves to be able to 1) determine total area under a curve with precision; 2) calculate area with varied shapes that may or may not intercept on one or both X/Y axes; 3) estimate total area under a curve plotted against varied time intervals (abscissas), whereas other formulas only allow the same time interval; and 4) compare total areas of metabolic curves produced by different studies.

CONCLUSIONS: The Tai model allows flexibility in experimental conditions, which means, in the case of the glucose-response curve, samples can be taken with differing time intervals and total area under the curve can still be determined with precision.”

This is good stuff.  Without Dr. Tai, we’d still be in the dark ages of mathematics.  Calculus would be impossible!  Unbeknown to Tai at the time, the method he had discovered was simply integration to find the area under the curve.  Remember in Calculus I when you broke up the area under the curve into lots of rectangles or trapezoids, calculated their areas, and then summed them up?  That’s what this guy “discovered”.  And to make matters worse, the journal accepted this paper and published it!

At least there were official chew-his-ass-out comments published by other researchers in the journal later on with the following titles (can be linked to from the pubmed page for this article):

“Determination of the area under a curve.”
“Tai’s formula is the trapezoidal rule.”
“Comments on Tai’s mathematic model.”

So at least somebody was checking up on him.  But unfortunately (or fortunately since this gave me a good laugh) no one at the journal realized he had simply repeated high school level calculus and published it.  This assclown should have paid more attention in his math and physics classes, which he would surely have had to have taken to get into med school.

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