Mohamed el naschie – rationalwiki electricity in salt water experiment

The number 78.541020 is arrived at via a little-explained sequence of equations, and it’s not even particularly close to either of the numbers mentioned. Of A note on quantum gravity and Cantorian spacetime, a MathSciNet reviewer concludes "This paper seems to the reviewer to contain no mathematics." [5] The physicist Neil Turok characterized another paper as "merely a collection of buzzwords". [3]

El Naschie has nonetheless attracted some followers of his own, who string together many of the same buzzwords. Ji-Huan He, a professor at Donghua University who has repeatedly cited El Naschie’s work, wrote that "Men of genius like Einstein and Elnaschie [sic] very often ask some straightforward and seemingly innocent questions, which may turn out to have undreamed of answers". [6] El Naschie’s supporters have claimed that his work is worthy of the Nobel Prize, [7] and that the work of physicist Gerard ‘t Hooft (an actual Nobel winner) is derivative of his own. [8]

El Naschie received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of London. He holds honorary positions at a number of universities in Europe, Africa, and Asia, and is the principal advisor to the Ministry of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Several claimed affiliations could not be confirmed by Nature and were later discredited in court, but a number are indeed valid. [6] [3] Chaos, Solitons & Fractals [ edit ]

Given the "long tail" of poor journals which has been observed throughout academic publishing, many "non-mainstream" scientists have found journals willing to carry their articles. El Naschie is distinguished among these in that he not only found avenues for publication, but that he became the chief editor of Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, a mathematical journal published by Elsevier, a leading scientific publishing house.

Having established himself in this position, El Naschie continued to publish at a prodigious rate, almost entirely in the journal of which he was chief editor. Volume 38, Issue 5 of Chaos, Solitons and Fractals contained no less than five articles by El Naschie himself, and he managed to publish several hundred of his own articles during his tenure, seemingly without satisfactory peer review. Due to El Naschie’s habit of citing his own past articles (and, apparently, instructing authors to cite other articles in his journal), Chaos, Solitons and Fractals soon rose to have a higher impact factor than any legitimate applied mathematics journal. [9] El Naschie’s editorial conduct was harshly criticized by Douglas Arnold, the president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. [10]

Moreover, due to Elsevier’s practice of "bundling" journals, so that universities receive substantial cost breaks for purchasing subscriptions to pre-determined sets of Elsevier journals, many university libraries were all but forced to shell out thousands of dollars for subscriptions to the dubious journal of which El Naschie was editor. An (unbundled) yearly subscription to Chaos, Solitons and Fractals costs in excess of $4,500. [11]

The CSF debacle underscored the inherent difficulty of ranking universities and journals based on citation counts. In addition to the unreasonably high impact factor that El Naschie’s self-citation garnered CSF, he also single-handedly made a mockery [12] of the Times Higher Education rankings of world universities: in the category of citations, The University of Alexandria (where El Naschie holds a visiting professorship) finished no less than 4 th place worldwide, [13] ahead of Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, and a host of other major research institutions.

After the nature of Chaos, Solitons and Fractals became apparent, it set off a storm among mathematical bloggers, who blamed Elsevier for shoddy editorial standards and objected to the pricing of their journals, and the practice of journal bundling in particular. The story was soon carried by more widely-read sources including Slashdot [14] and was the subject of an article in Nature. [6] In face of this opposition, after some foot-dragging, Elsevier obtained El Naschie’s resignation as editor of the journal. [6]

Many major mathematical blogs (perhaps most notably John Baez’s n-Category Cafe) carried analyses of the El Naschie saga. Some of these posts were subsequently removed in the face of legal threats from the El Naschie’s representatives. [15] Much of the deleted material was hosted on the blog El Naschie Watch.

Following online backlash against El Naschie’s journal, Nature carried an article summarizing the charges against CSF and was subsequently sued for libel by El Naschie. [6] [16] [17] After a trial that featured two law firms dropping the case and El Naschie eventually appearing without a lawyer, Nature’s publisher emerged victorious. [18] The decision generally confirmed what veteran El Naschie-watchers already knew about his editorial habits. [3] As usual, choice tidbits from the decision may be found at El Naschie Watch. [19]

Proponents of libel reform pointed to the case as evidence that laws in the UK are in need of reform: what should have been a fairly cut-and-dried case dragged on for four years and forced the publisher to spend a large amount of money on their legal defense. [20] [21] If the claimant had a stronger case, or the defendants had not had upwards of a million pounds to drop on legal expenses, the case might have gone the other way.

• The El Naschie saga is chronicled in considerably more detail at El Naschie Watch, which also hosts some material removed from other sites after legal threats from El Naschie. See in particular Introduction to Mohamed El Naschie for an overview of El Naschie’s career.