…At least in my field, as submitted to the ArXiv. Just saw “Remarks on the world-sheet saga” by Bert Schroer. The abstract (and the paper) is full of excellently derisive turns of phrase that are hilarious to read! Example from the abstract:
Attention is given to how such misleading metaphors originate and how their support is maintained by quantum mechanical analogies to models which for good reasons never existed before in particle physics physics and whose only purpose is to uphold the string metaphor. The correct localization is inconsistent with the idea of world-sheets and the string-theoretical interpretation of T-duality.
He’s not actually trying to make the reader laugh, I think, but is attempting to make some serious physics points in there, apparently suggesting alternative lines of development and interpretations in the construction of string theory, calling into question the very notion of the worldsheet and things derived (such as T-duality) from using it as a central organizing concept. I don’t really understand his central point, so far, (anyone who wants to chime in with (sensible) remarks (NOT advertising for their pet patent office products), go right ahead), but it is always good to look at (perhaps honestly expressed, as opposed to certain well-known political pontificating!!) alternative views on what is being done, research-wise, so go ahead and look.