Friday, April 17, 2009

So sad. All eggs, wrong basket.


I do this blog for fun. I never expected it to change anything. It won't.

Being threatened with Manson-style offing was unexpected.

The SCIAM comment saying women shouldn't see this blog and its subsequent support are incredible to me.

There is a victimology sickness in the Muslim world. To El Naschie, it's his own personal Stradivarius.

What's the meaning of this? What's sad?


ARAB / ISLAMIC NOBEL WINNERS
From a pool of 1.4 billion Muslims
20% of World's Population

Literature
1988 - Najib Mahfooz *
2006 - Orhan Pamuk

Peace
1978 - Anwar El-Sadat
1994 - Yasser Arafat
2003 - Shirin Ebadi
2005 - Mohamed ElBaradei
2006 - Muhammad Yunus

Chemistry
1999 - Ahmed Zewail

Physics
1979 - Abdus Salam (arguable because he is Qadiani)

* Najib was stabbed in the back by Egyptian Muslim fundamentalists in 1997 because he supported the Peace Process between the Arabs (Palestinians) and Israelis. Najib was partially paralyzed as a result.

Note: Elias James Corey (Chemistry 1990), Peter Brian Medawar (Medicine 1960) and Ferid Mourad (Medicine 1998) are Nobel Prize winners but are Arab-Christians, not Muslims.

JEWISH NOBEL WINNERS
From a pool of 12 million Jews
0.2% of the World's Population

Literature

1910 - Paul Heyse
1927 - Henri Bergson
1958 - Boris Pasternak
1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 - Nelly Sachs
1976 - Saul Bellow
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias Canetti
1987 - Joseph Brodsky
1991 - Nadine Gordimer
2002 - Imre Kertesz
2005 - Harold Pinter

World Peace

1911 - Alfred Fried
1911 - Tobias Asser
1968 - Rene Cassin
1973 - Henry Kissinger
1978 - Menachem Begin
1986 - Elie Wiesel
1994 - Shimon Peres
1994 - Yitzhak Rabin
1995 - Joseph Rotblat

Chemistry

1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 - Henri Moissan
1910 - Otto Wallach
1915 - Richard Willstaetter
1918 - Fritz Haber
1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
1961 - Melvin Calvin
1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
1972 - William Howard Stein
1972 - C.B. Anfinsen
1977 - Ilya Prigogine
1979 - Herbert Charles Brown
1980 - Paul Berg
1980 - Walter Gilbert
1981 - Ronald Hoffmann
1982 - Aaron Klug
1985 - Herbert A. Hauptman
1985 - Jerome Karle
1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 - Robert Huber
1989 - Sidney Altman
1992 - Rudolph Marcus
1998 - Walter Kohn
2000 - Alan J. Heeger
2004 - Irwin Rose
2004 - Avram Hershko
2004 - Aaron Ciechanover
2006 - Roger D. Kornberg
2008 - Martin Chalfie

Economics

1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 - Simon Kuznets
1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1973 - Wassily Leontief
1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
1976 - Milton Friedman
1978 - Herbert A. Simon
1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 - Franco Modigliani
1987 - Robert M. Solow
1990 - Harry Markowitz
1990 - Merton Miller
1992 - Gary Becker
1993 - Rober Fogel
1994 - John Harsanyi
1994 - Reinhard Selten
1997 - Robert Merton
1997 - Myron Scholes
2001 - George Akerlof
2001 - Joseph Stiglitz
2002 - Daniel Kahneman
2004 - Richard Axel
2005 - Robert J. Aumann
2006 - Andrew Z. Fire
2007 - Leonid (Leo) Hurwicz
2007 - Eric Maskin
2007 - Roger Myerson
2008 - Paul Krugman

Physiology / Medicine

1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
1908 - Paul Erlich
1914 - Robert Barany
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl Landsteiner
1931 - Otto Warburg
1936 - Otto Loewi
1944 - Joseph Erlanger
1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1947 - Garty Cori
1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 - Hans Krebs
1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua Lederberg
1959 - Arthur Kornberg (father)
1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois Jacob
1965 - Andre Lwoff
1967 - George Wald
1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 - Salvador Luria
1970 - Julius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 - David Baltimore
1975 - Howard Martin Temin
1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 - Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
1977 - Andrew V. Schally
1978 - Daniel Nathans
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1982 - [Sir] John Vane
1984 - Cesar Milstein
1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 - Rita Levi-Montalcini
1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 - Gertrude Elion
1989 - Harold Varmus
1991 - Erwin Neher
1991 - Bert Sakmann
1992 - Edmond Fischer
1993 - Richard J. Roberts
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred Gilman
1994 - Martin Rodbell
1995 - Edward B. Lewis
1997 - Stanley B. Prusiner
1998 - Robert F. Furchgott
2000 - Eric R. Kandel
2000 - Paul Greengard
2002 - Sydney Brenner
2002 - Robert H. Horvitz
2006 - Roger Kornberg (son)
2006 - Andrew Z. Fire

Physics

1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
1921 - Albert Einstein
1922 - Niels Bohr
1925 - James Franck
1925 - Gustav Hertz
1943 - Gustav Stern
1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
1945 - Wolfgang Pauli
1952 - Felix Bloch
1954 - Max Born
1958 - Igor Tamm
1958 - Il'ja Mikhailovich
1958 - Igor Yevgenyevich
1959 - Emilio Segre
1960 - Donald A. Glaser
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
1963 - Eugene P. Wigner
1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 - Julian Schwinger
1967 - Hans Albrecht Bethe
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis Gabor
1972 - Leon N. Cooper
1973 - Brian David Josephson
1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
1976 - Burton Richter
1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen Weinberg
1979 - Sheldon Glashow
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin Schwartz
1988 - Jack Steinberger
1990 - Jerome Friedman
1992 - Georges Charpak
1995 - Martin Perl
1995 - Frederick Reines
1996 - David M. Lee
1996 - Douglas D. Osheroff
1997 - Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
2000 - Zhores I. Alferov
2003 - Vitaly Ginsburg
2003 - Alexei Abrikosov
2004 - David Gross
2004 - H. David Politzer
2005 - Roy Glauber

The foregoing statistics are water under the bridge, for most of the world, and they don't think about it much. But the Arab world is acutely aware of this comparison. What's sad is the Arab world's - specifically Egypt's - conviction that a fraud named El Naschie deserves a Nobel prize and that he'd have one except for the racism of the Nobel KKKomittee.

Listen up, Arab world. El Naschie isn't a great scientist. He's a hilarious doofus. Arabs can win Nobel prizes just like all the other ethnic groups that inhabit this planet. In backing him you have chosen a bad basket for your eggs.
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9 comments:

  1. Jason,

    it's interesting to note that El Naschie's teacher (by his own claim) was Ilya Prigogine, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (1977) of Jewish origin. Apparently (see his website), El Naschie (an Arab) is very proud to be a disciple of Prigogine (a Jew), so the Arab world should think about this fact before jumping into conclusions about racism in science.

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  2. I think that claim with Prigogine is also just a lie of El-Naschie. He made his phd in engineering at London. El-Naschie has no chemistry phd or diploma....

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  3. I'm pretty sure he's got a PhD in engineering, Anonymous, because of the changes his lawyers won in the Zeit piece.

    http://elnaschiewatch.blogspot.com/2009/03/changes-in-drossers-zeit-piece.html

    However, I admit it's an elusive, slippery document. :) I'd love to see it.

    He's not a full professor though, as he claims.

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  4. Having read a zillion comments in support of El Naschie I consider the psychology of his backers an area of my expertise. One attitude I notice and should be mentioned is that it's an Arab's "turn" to get a Nobel prize. Of course the prizes are awarded for actual science, not on a basis of rotating nationality, which would devalue the Nobel prize to nearly zero instantly. However, if Arabs want to dump oil money into a science prize of rotating nationality, nobody is stopping them. Financially, they can make the Nobel look like a pittance. But it won't have the Nobel's prestige no matter how many petrodollars they throw at it.

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  5. By the way, indeed, the journal "Chaos, Solitons and Fractals continues to publish stuff about Naschie's E_infinity theory:

    Chaos, Solitons & Fractals
    Volume 39, Issue 4, 28 February 2009, Pages 1667-1670

    A generalized poincaré-invariant action with possible application in strings and E-infinity theory

    Ji-Huan He

    Modern Textile Institute, Donghua University, 1882 Yan’an Xilu Road, Shanghai 200051, China

    It reads at the end:

    "In forthcoming papers, we will study the properties of the generalized action and find their potential applications in string theory and E-infinity theory.


    Hence, even more E_infinity stuff can be expected

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  6. Well, El Naschie's claim that Prigogine was his teacher or mentor can be somehow valid even if Prigogine was not his diploma or PhD advisor. As a matter of fact Prigogine in his later years worked in the field of chaos and collaborated with El Naschie on that topic, e.g.:

    http://www.bookfinder.com/dir/i/Quantum_Mechanics,_Diffusion_and_Chaotic_Fractals/0080420273/

    Presuming this collaboration was genuine Prigogine's influence on El Naschie can be regarded as mentorship. On the other hand El Naschie's attitude in seeking "friends" among Nobel Laureates is well known. It seems that Prigogine was his biggest trophy.

    P.S. El Naschie's website "is temporarily under construction." :D

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  7. Interesting comment. What is in that book?

    From the content description at amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Mechanics-Diffusion-Chaotic-Fractals/dp/0080420273%3FSubscriptionId%3D1NNRF7QZ418V218YP1R2%26tag%3Dbookfindercom0e%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D0080420273

    One could expect the worst. For example, this here:
    "a radical endophysical interpretation: another contribution looks at the possibility of chaos in Einstein's fundamental equations."

    may be related to crackpot articles of the infamous professor Roessler. Roessler has worked on a crackpottery philosophical interpretation of quantum mechanics which he calls "endophysics". Similarly, Roessler has published crackpot articles about general relativity in Chaos, Solitons and Fractals. Has El Naschie put his E_infinity crackpot stuff in that book?

    It would show a bad light on Prigogine, if he would have published crackpot physics of that sort in his latest years

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  8. I can't tell anything about the content of that book, but I can add that Prigogine published some papers in El Naschie's CS&F, e.g.:

    2001 "Gamow algebras"
    (with I. Antoniou, M. Gadella, E. Karpov and G. Pronko)
    Chaos, Solitons and Fractals 12, 2757

    2001 "Explicit construction of a time superoperator for quantum unstable systems"
    (with G. Ordonez, T. Petrosky and E. Karpov)
    Chaos, Solitons and Fractals 12, 2591

    2000 "Thermodynamic limit, Hilbert space and breaking of time symmetry"
    (with T. Petrosky)
    Chaos, Solitons and Fractals 11, 373-382

    2000 "Time operator for diffusion"
    (with I. Antoniou, V. Sadovnichii and S.A. Shkarin)
    Chaos, Solitons and Fractals 11, 465

    See his recent journal articles:

    http://order.ph.utexas.edu/people/Prigogine.htm#papers

    In total (see in ScienceDirect) he published 7 articles in CS&F (in the period 1991-2001).

    Curiously, this one:

    El Naschie, M. S. and Prigogine, I., Time Symmetry Breaking in Classical and Quantum Mechanics. Chaos, Solitons Fractals, 1996, 7(4), Special Issue.

    see: http://www.getcited.org/cits/PP/1/PUB/103408680

    which El Naschie cited on several occasions in his subsequent articles, can't be found among them! A closer look to that issue of CS&F reveals that El Naschie alone published an article with a similar title:

    Time symmetry breaking, duality and cantorian space-time
    Pages 499-503, 505-518

    and Prigogine published a different article (with T. Petrosky):

    Poincaré resonances and the extension of classical dynamics
    Pages 441-497

    So, how in the hell El Naschie managed to cite this nonexistent article?

    Well, I think the answer is at hand: Because the special issue 7(4) is titled "Time Symmetry Breaking in Classical and Quantum Mechanics" El Naschie cited the entire issue (in which Prigogine also published a paper) pretending that he co-authored an article with Prigogine! In one sentence: Pure scientific fraud!

    This abuse of Prigogine's name is symptomatic: probably the same applies to the mentioned book and to other El-Naschie's claims about Prigogine.

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