If you’re still trying to help Ly Tong find the Ph.D. dissertation he lost, worry no more. He’s found it.
In a lengthy email, Ly Tong told of how the father one of the young men he showed his dissertation to (read here) saw his announcement, contacted him, and got him his dissertation back.
Tong also explained that when he said he intended to submit the dissertation to “San Jose University,” he meant “to a university in San Jose that has a doctoral program,” not to a university named “San Jose.”
While Tong was looking, though, many people raised issues about his academic bona fide.
Tong even included his transcripts, which you can see after the jump. Tong’s transcripts show that, except for trouble with a couple of subjects such as English, Tong was all in all doing ok as a student.
Among numerous details mentioned in his email, Tong revealed:
* The abstract to his dissertation alone takes 108 pages. The dissertation itself is only twice as long, at 218 pages.
* In this and another email, Tong mentioned that he’d actually written two Ph.D. dissertations. The first one is entitled “Elephantism and the origins of war” – which as he explained sounds something like the asymmetry of information. His explanation of his current one, “The Stimulus Theory of Revolution,” is a lot less clear and sounds a little like a cross between the idea of a critical mass and the theory of realpolitik. Or something.
* He has a black belt in Taekwondo but has forgotten everything.
Click to enlarge Tong’s transcripts: