Is that “Fau” for “Faux”?

Just got the following e-mail:

Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 19:40:58 +0200
From: fau.alex (
Subject: Mr Woit

I am a french student and I will go in 1re(in France) the next year
and I want to speak with specialists because I want to work in science
when I will be adult … That’s why I write to you !
I want to know who are you ? What did you study, …
Thanks in advance for your answer
Best regards
Alexandre Faure

At first I thought “Oh yes, just another in the avalanche of fan-mail. Wonder if I should take the time to respond?” Then, looking more carefully at the HTML version of the e-mail, I found an embedded link at the bottom:


That address looks awfully familiar.

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11 Responses to Is that “Fau” for “Faux”?

  1. Phil says:

    It is already funny for a long time ago.
    How could you have met the prestigious professor Yang ? I have never met ghosts, maybe some ghost writers — those who write wrong mathematical sentences which are never re-read by the official writers of the book — but ghosts and imaginary creatures emerging from imaginary institute of “cosmomogy”, no, never. So Fabien you don’t have to answer to the common fallacies of these two people : almost nobody believe them. And by the way, thank you for your website.

  2. I can assure you I never met professor Yang ! (This is really getting funny !)

  3. Phil says:

    Dear Iogr and Grikcha Beudganov,

    (Learn how to write my nickname)

    I am sure that Mr “Yang”, from the famous Hong-Kong university devoted to your world-known works and thesis, would have been a perfect gentleman if I have had the honour to have met him. His very particular style showed it previously to me, but with most regrets I don’t even know his figure (with slavic features ?). No trace of your former posts about this so kind friend : could you remember me where they are, if you signed them ? By the way : I don’t know if you are only making juvenile provocation but I am not (and neither YBM is) Fabien Besnard : thanks to your delightful methods you have now several and distinct opponents.

    With most respect (ha ha ha),
    Phil Romnulphe

  4. Igor Grichka Bogdanoff says:

    Dear Phil Ronuphle,

    It is always a pleasure to read your kind messages. In fact (but there is nothing wrong with it) you did not read the posts where we spoke about the professor Yang. So please, go to our previous posts and read what we wrote about him. He is a charming and delighfull researcher, passionate with fundamental physics and complex maths problems. I am sure you would really like him (am I wrong? but I think that he already met Fabien Besnard some days ago).

    Kind regards


  5. Phil says:

    So at last the Bogdanoffs do admit that they are in contact with the famous (and mysterious) Prof. Yang ? Could they talk more about him, for they forget to answer in the french newsgroups when he is on topic ? Is his famous Institute of “Cosmomogy” in Hong-Kong similar to the one in Riga ? As serious as it ? As we could say in French (forgive my “gallicisms”), ridicule un jour, ridicule toujours. Et j’ajoute : imposteurs démasqués.

  6. Peter says:

    The “Yang” address wasn’t in the header, it was embedded as a link in the HTML version of the message. Maybe young Faure is right and it appeared there because he was e-mailing “Yang”. It seems likely to me there’s more to this story than that, but I’m not wasting any time trying to figure it out.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Dear Peter,

    Our mutual friend “YBM” has alerted us about this “fau effect”, pretending that it was (another) Bogdanoffs pseudo. After checking we can assure you that Alexandre Fau has nothing to do with a) Yang, b) ourselves. You obviously got mistaken (somewhere) in the reading of the header of his email.
    Nothing to really write home about.
    Best regards


  8. Fauré Alexandre says:

    I just try to contact the Professor Yang ! That’s why this email is in this message …

  9. Peter says:

    I have no idea who you are, or what your relation to the Bogdanovs is, but I assure you that the e-mail address in question was embedded in your message to me.

  10. Fauré Alexandre says:


    Contrary to that you said, or that you think, I am Alexandre Faure and I live in Toulouse.

    First, I sent a message to you at

    Secondly, read the real details of the message …

    From: “fau.alex”
    To: >
    Subject: Mr Woit
    Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 19:40:58 +0200
    MIME-Version: 1.0
    Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
    X-Priority: 3
    X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
    X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2800.1106
    X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2800.1106

    I am sorry but the professor Yang’s adress can not be in this message …

    Fird, if you don’t belive me, you can contact my mother Anne Fauré at the adress :

    “Je reste à votre disposition”

    Alexandre Fauré

  11. ark says:

    I received a similar email:

    From: “fau.alex”
    Subject: Fw: Bonjour


    I want to congratulate you fro the preface of the Bogdanov’s book !

    I want to know who are you ? What did you study, …

    I am a french student and I will go in 1èreS (in France) the newt year and I want to speak with specialists … That’s why I write to you !

    Thanks in advance for your answer

    Best regards

    @lexandre Fauré

    There was no embedded email from .hk. I got two versions: one in French and one in English. The header reads:

    Mon, 21 Jun 2004 15:12:52 -0500 (CDT)
    Received: from ( [])
    by (Postfix) with ESMTP id 617ED2EFC1
    for ; Mon, 21 Jun 2004 15:12:52 -0500 (CDT)
    Received: from alexordi1 ( [])
    by (SMTP Server) with SMTP id 19D1B18003B2
    for ; Mon, 21 Jun 2004 22:12:51 +0200 (CEST)
    From: “fau.alex”
    Subject: Bonjour
    Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 22:08:30 +0200


    The sender seems to be in Toulouse? Few days later, after a short correspondence, I received this:

    Thanks Mr Jadczyk for these suggestions …

    I will finsih reading Bogdanov’s book and I will read other scientific’s
    books because I am very fond of sciences …

    Mr Schreiber suggest me Feynman’s books … What do you think about this
    author and which books can I read (I will go to “1èreS” (scientific) and I
    want to know if theses books are good for me ….)

    Thanks in advance for your answer .

    Alexandre Fauré


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