Harold Camping, Ig Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, explains his mistake

Harold Camping, co-winner of the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize in mathematics, has publicly stated (in an audio recording on Mr. Camping’s web site) that he recognizes his latest mathematical mistake. Mr. Camping thus continues his exemplary record as both a teacher and an eternal student of mathematics. Here are portions of his statement:

We’re living in a day when one problem follows another. And when it comes to trying to recognize the truth of prophecy, we’re finding that it is very very difficult…. Amongst other things I have been checking my notes more carefully than ever…. At least in a minimal way we are learning to walk more and more humble… We are simply learning. And sometimes it’s painful to learn.

The Christian Post has a transcription of the entire statement (which, be warned, Mr. Camping wrote in highly technical language).

BACKGROUND: That Ig Nobel Prize was awarded, on September 29, 2011, to Dorothy Martin of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1954),Pat Robertson of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1982), Elizabeth Clare Prophet of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1990), Lee Jang Rim of KOREA (who predicted the world would end in 1992), Credonia Mwerinde of UGANDA (who predicted the world would end in 1999), and Harold Camping of the USA (who predicted the world would end on September 6, 1994 and later predicted that the world will end on October 21, 2011), for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations.

(Thanks to investigator Bill Ricker for alerting us to Mr. Camping’s statement.)

BONUS: Mr. Camping’s mathematical textbook.

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