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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.Archimedes Plutonium (born July 5, 1950) is primarily noted for his
varied and eccentric contributions to Usenet. Plutonium repeatedly
claimed to be the greatest living scientist, and referred to himself at
least once as "The King of Science" 
although he is almost universally regarded as a crank. One of
Plutonium's earliest and most memorable posts in December, 1993 
to Andrew Wiles report on the status of his proof of Fermat's last
2 Plutonium's claims
2.1 Plutonium's assessment of his ideas
3 Biographical notes
5 External links
Since strong user authentication was rarely used on Usenet during its
early stages, some had suggested that Plutonium might have been a
series of hoaxes or a practical joke. However, Plutonium is a real
person, as is shown by a photograph and article about him in the
Dartmouth College campus newspaper on November 11, 1991 
(Loading Image...). Nevertheless, one
cannot be sure that all posts attributed to Plutonium were indeed his.
Plutonium was born with the name Ludwig Poehlmann in Arzberg, Germany.
His family came to the United States of America in his youth, settling
near Cincinnati, Ohio. According to an autobiography he posted to
Usenet in the 1990s, Ludwig was adopted in his teens by a local
real-estate investor named Willis Hansen, and his name was changed to
Ludwig Hansen. His autobiography stated that he received an
undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Cincinnati
and did some graduate work at a university in Utah, but headed off to
Melbourne, Australia, to serve as a mathematics tutor in the early
1970s. He returned to the United States later in the 1970s, and,
according to his autobiography, inherited his adoptive father's
real-estate holdings, which he claimed to have parlayed into a large
fortune through stock market investments in the 1980s. His
autobiography also stated that he spent some time in the United States
Navy during the 1980s. At some point after his adoptive father's death,
he changed his name to Ludwig von Ludwig, under which he may have first
posted to Usenet at the start of the 1990s.
Plutonium was long observed on the campus of Dartmouth College, where
he rode around on a bicycle and wore an orange hunting hat and a
homemade cape decorated with atomic symbols in Magic Marker. Plutonium
worked as a potwasher at the Hanover Inn, which the college owns. When
asked on Usenet how this observed job jibed with his claims of wealth,
Plutonium explained that he only took the job in order to get Internet
access. In 1999 Plutonium posted various complaints about the
management of Dartmouth, calling for a strike by workers there and
suggesting various conspiracy theories concerning University
Plutonium lost his job at Dartmouth about August of 1999. After making
what he termed "science odyssey tours" of the United States and Europe,
Plutonium then moved to rural Meckling, South Dakota, where he resumed
his Usenet posting, saying he now lives on a "homestead" apparently
consisting of a house, two Airstream trailers, and a grove of various
sorts of trees.
In late 1990, Plutonium claims to have had the realization of his
Plutonium Atom Totality Theory, which he claimed to be one of the most
important breakthroughs in scientific history. According to this
theory, the Universe is a giant plutonium atom, and the part of the
universe we are able to observe from Earth, including Earth itself, is
somewhere in its outer electron shells. He then changed his name to
Ludwig Plutonium. In autumn of 1994 he claims to have realized that he
was the reincarnation of the great early Greek scientist Archimedes,
and so once again changed his name to Archimedes Plutonium.
Plutonium's assessment of his ideas
In December 2004, an unauthenticated internet posting believed to be
from Plutonium provided a list of a "small example of the new ideas I
have discovered" ranked "in order of merit". The list (with his
explanations summarized and edited) is as follows:
1. Plutonium Atom Totality theory. According to this theory, there
was no Big Bang, but rather growth from a "Hydrogen Atom Totality" into
the present "Plutonium Atom Totality", in which "the galaxies are dots
of the electron dot cloud".
2. Fusion Barrier Principle. Quoting Plutonium, "Fission energy is
the highest form of energy that is able to be controlled and surpass
3. Unification of the Forces of Physics as a Coulomb Unification.
4. Stonethrowing theory. This theory states that the difference
between apes and humans resulted some 8 to 10 million years ago from a
solo quadruped ape that "started throwing rocks overarm and overhead".
This activity gave the ape advantages in getting food and more females
for mating purposes "by killing other rivals using throwing".
5. Possibility of global warming reversal. According to Plutonium's
theory, there exists a CFC variant or methyl molecule that when
produced and released will act as an "upper atmosphere earth air
conditioner and reverse global warming".
In his autobiography (entitled at one point Ludwig Plutonium: the
Chosen One, and claimed to be 2200 pages), Plutonium claims he started
posting to Usenet on August 12 of 1993 under the name of Ludwig
Plutonium. He posts and cross-posts to a wide variety of groups on
Usenet, especially in the sci. (science) hierarchy. Other than the
Plutonium ATOM Totality Theory, one of his most noteworthy
announcements was that he has a single plutonium atom at the center of
his brain, which makes him a super genius. He claims this follows from
the Plutonium Atom Totality Theory according to which thoughts and
ideas do not originate in our own minds but are created in the nucleus
of the atom-universe by the deities who reside there. The plutonium
atom at the center of his brain improves his brain's ability to pick up
the thoughts beamed out by the nuclear deities.
He is also known for posting about his favorite types of fruit and
candy to unrelated science newsgroups 
(http://www.iw.net/~a_plutonium/File158.html). On other occasions he is
believed to have rather ineptly attempted to forge posts under the
names of those who contradicted his claims.
Plutonium sometimes claimed on Usenet to be independently wealthy from
his investments, and on occasion he would post about his stock
investment strategies, sometimes seeking out an ideal investment
strategy that he could compare to an ideal game of chess. In fact, most
of Plutonium's Usenet postings on what he referred to as science seemed
to stem from his ability to draw unusual and sometimes bizarre
comparisons; for instance the similarity he claimed to see between the
entire universe and an atom (but this is hardly original since Ray
Cummings wrote his novel Girl in the Golden Atom in 1919), or the
similarity between quantum tunneling and the pouring of breakfast
cereal from its box.
Archimedes Plutonium is often nicknamed "Arky", "Archy", "Archie",
"Archy Pu", or "Archie Pu" by others on the internet. His exploits are
followed religiously and commented on with a mixture of mockery and
amazement on the newsgroup alt.religion.kibology.
* "Calm down, man, this is only the Internet, this isn't Vietnam,
go play some par golf or tennis set" 
* "When an electron is collapsed, i.e., under observation then the
electron transforms into a ball, a particle, and not the dots which go
to making-up of the particle." Quote explaining collapse of the
wavefunction from Plutonium's treatise 
* Archimedes Plutonium website
(http://www.archimedesplutonium.com/) It is currently disabled. Here
the archive.org archive of it. Here you can access his huge
autobiography and some other stuff.
* This site appears to be Plutonium's current website
Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedes_Plutonium"
Categories: 1950 births | Usenet people
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The reason I am posting to the newsgroups is because there I can
correct the mistakes without having some hate spammer come back 5
minutes later and edit in more mistakes or reverting to the old
One thing beneficial to the people who make encyclopedias and Wikipedia
is by looking at this A.P. entry and to thence realize how difficult
and not easy it is to create a encyclopedia because the primary mode of
writing a encyclopedia is that of "objectivity" and not subjectivity.
Even those who think they are objective and strive to be objective,
with the passage of time find out they were not objective and too
And also, web pages are transitory, but newsgroup posts are permanent
and archived. And they have a date time group that is great for
whole entire Universe is just one big atom
where dots of the electron-dot-cloud are galaxies