I use an RSS thread to follow what is new on the arXiv and recently I came across a paper that claims that the theory of mathematics isn’t consistent. That sounded intriguing so I downloaded the paper and read it. I discovered, what I think is, a serious error and notified the authors. Every night since then I have been in email contact with the authors. We are in complete disagreement about whether there is an error or not but our discussions are (still) very polite and it doesn’t look like either one of us will convince the other(s).

I would appreciate any comments or advice from anyone reading this post that has similar experiences of conversing/arguing with the author(s) of a paper about errors and how such conversations/arguments have turned out.

I don’t want to post a link to the paper, since I feel like that would be like trying to make fun of other people’s work. I can email a link to anyone who is interested in taking a look at the paper, just drop a comment.