Recalculation of h and g with Lar Felker’ Book

With these 184 additional citations h remains the same at 33, and g goes up from 68 to 70. This is illustrates a well known weakness of the h index, in that it is not affected by a few highly cited items. The h index is the number n of items that have been cited n or more times. It is entirely arbitrary, but has been taken up as a fashionable number. The g index is the number m of items such that the total number of citations added together of the m items is m squared. So a g of seventy means that the seventy items have generated a total of not less than 4,900 citations. The g is another fashionable number at present. Remarkably enough both h and g have been taken seriously as a measure of funding, tenure and promotion. My own data base is far more detailed, and such a data base should be used for funding, promotion, hiring and tenure. No one has yet constructed a data base anywhere near as complete as mine. It is this data base that shows the tremendous impact of my work and also that of AIAS colleagues. Without it I am still among the world’s leading chemists and physicists, but with it there is no doubt as to the objective impact, placing me at number one in terms of this impact. Another problem with h and g is that citations are often made without reading the original. For example, who read Hawking’s original papers? My data base records only actual readings. The data base is kindly woven into the pdf files of this blog by AIAS Fellow Michael Jackson, and the pdf files are archived quarterly at the British Library in London from the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. The next archive is scheduled for about Dec. 7th.

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