Nuclear physics paper written using only autocorrect accepted at scientific conference

By Daniel Uria  |  Oct. 25, 2016 at 11:14 AM
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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A New Zealand professor successfully submitted a paper on nuclear physics written only using auto correct to a scientific conference.

University of Canterbury professor Christoph Bartneck had his paper accepted by the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics in just three hours after using only words provided by the iOS text creation tool.

"Since I have practically no knowledge of Nuclear Physics I resorted to iOS auto-complete function to help me writing the paper," Bartneck said.

He constructed the academic paper by simply beginning a sentence with the words "atomic" or "nuclear" and randomly clicking the suggested words the autocorrect system provided.

"Atomic Physics and I shall not have the same problem with a separate section for a very long long way," the first page of the paper read.

"The text really does not make any sense," Bartneck said.

Bartneck added the first illustration on nuclear physics he found on Wikipedia and submitted the paper under the alias "Iris Pear" an anagram of "Siri Apple."

Just three hours after submitting the paper Bartneck received an email informing that his submission had been accepted thanks to autocorrect.

"I know that iOS is a pretty good software, but reaching tenure has never been this close," he said.

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