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Re: [Phys-l] Existence of math. proofs are trade secrets?

Hi all-
I assume there's more. Generally, discovery of someone's trade secret gives rise to liability only if there was a prior agreement to protect the secrecy of the secret (First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution).

"Trust me. I have a lot of experience at this."
General Custer's unremembered message to his men,
just before leading them into the Little Big Horn Valley

On Wed, 27 Oct 2010, Bernard Cleyet wrote:

"Attention conservation notice: Once, I was one of the authors of a paper on cellular automata. Lawyers for Wolfram Research Inc. threatened to sue me, my co-authors and our employer, because one of our citations referred to a certain mathematical proof, and they claimed the existence of this proof was a trade secret of Wolfram Research. I am sorry to say that our employer knuckled under, and so did we, and we replaced that version of the paper with another, without the offending citation. I think my judgments on Wolfram and his works are accurate, but they're not disinterested."

A screed:

Stephen Wolfram, A New Kind of Science

bc's read half the review
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