Friday, May 22, 2009

His Honors and Awards


We've got the 2008 version of El Naschie's Curriculum Vitae in the lower part of this post: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire. Briefly review the Honors and Awards section.

Something's missing, and I don't mean the Nobel Prize.


He's up to his armpits in medals, shields, certificates, and the like. But has this great physicist really never had a post-doctoral research grant?

(By the way, for non academics reading this who may jump to the conclusion that he didn't get them because he's so rich: That's not how it works. They're not like need-based scholarships. They are awarded solely on scientific merit, and rich scientists value them no less than poor scientists.)

El Naschie is asking us to believe that he was made a full professor without ever having received a single research grant. That's possible in theory, I suppose, but it makes the "full professor" claim less and less plausible.

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10 comments:

  1. As a person who has received scientific grants... I agree that grants are usually not awarded based on scientific need. On the other hand, the decision of the person submitting the grant application *is* based on need! I generally do not submit grant applications if I don't need funding. Please don't equate science with grant applications. For the most part, people put grant awards on their CV to show prospective employers that they would be successful in bringing funding into the institution.

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  2. Hi Anonymous,

    Thank you for your comment.

    "the decision of the person submitting the grant application *is* based on need"

    I have gotten hundreds of thousands of dollars in research grants, e.g., from the American NSF (National Science Foundation).

    No, the decision as to whether to submit a grant application is not based on need (personal income) in my experience. (Admittedly my experience is limited to America and Europe.)

    Well, let me clarify. I am discounting two factors: (1) If the potential applicant is already a full professor, they may slack off on grant applications, as there are no more promotions to be obtained. (2) If the potential applicant is independently extremely rich, they can fund their own laboratory, research facility, etc.

    But you have to be Bill Gates rich, not merely El Naschie rich, to responsibly forgo research grant applications. Universities and department heads want you to apply, and to win. NSF grants are not written as checks to the grantees, but as checks to their universities. (The money follows you if you leave -- but not to you. It goes to your new university.)

    Lack of need could be a reason for not applying for a research grant... in principle. But in practice, the only reason is the inevitability of failure.

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  3. I'm the same anonymous. I've written $100Ks of grant applications in the US as well. Yes, researchers write applications to fund larger projects and to gain promotional credit. If El Naschie is not concerned with either, why would he bother? In fact, in my field (not mathematics or "chaos") it would be quite possible for a learned individual to produce original research in his "spare time" using a home computer and a modest network connection. Bill Gates not required.

    I get your point, but I would prefer that El Naschie were judged by the rubbish "science" that he produces, rather than his funding sources or lack thereof.

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  4. I think El naschie can use even a small pocket calculator to do his research. Maybe he can use just counting on his fingers.

    One just give a look at his review article published in CS&F, the article is 28 pages. For your surprise equations were not numbered. I think he never refer to an equation used before.
    The article on his website
    http://www.el-naschie.net/bilder/file/8.%20A%20review%20of%20E-infinity%20theory%20and%20the%20mass.pdf

    A review of E in finity theory and the mass spectrum of high energy particle physics

    It is really a scandal, and El naschie is too foolish to put this article on his website.

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  5. Finally the removed the great J. Huan from Editorial board of CS&F.

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  6. Just to imagine who is Huan, please read a typical abstract of his paper published in CSF

    Hierarchy of wool fibers and its interpretation using E-infinity theory

    Chaos, Solitons & Fractals,

    In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 9 August 2008

    Ji-Huan He, Zhong-Fu Ren, Jie Fan, Lan Xu

    Abstract

    Why do wool fibers show excellent advantages in warmth-retaining and many other practical properties? The paper concludes that their hierarchical structure is the key. Using E-infinity theory, its Hausdorff dimension is estimated to be about 4.2325, very close to El Naschie’s E-infinity dimension, 4.2360, revealing an optimal structure for wool fibers.

    I suggest for the next time that author study tefal coating and how things can't stick to it. And how this related to its fractal properties and in turn to its Hausdorff dimension. That is could be an amazing application of El naschie's E-infinity theory.

    Of course this can explain that El naschie is using anti-tefal to stick forever to Elsevier even if he has set to retire.

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  7. By the way, Chaos solitons and fractals still list Laurent Nottale as editor. One can get an overview of his work with the article:


    Scale relativity and gauge invariance
    Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, Volume 12, Issue 9, July 2001, Pages 1577-1583
    Laurent Nottale

    or

    Scale-relativistic cosmology
    Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, Volume 16, Issue 4, May 2003, Pages 539-564
    Laurent Nottale

    both are also completely nonsensical of course.

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  8. Is "Chaos Journal Preparing to Close Shop?" Read more in the post by Philip Davis on "the scholarly kitchen" blog:

    http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2009/06/04/chaos-journal-closing-shop/

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  9. That's interesting. Thanks for pointing it out, Shrink. While they are asking for submissions to stop for now, Elsevier also asks that CSF be considered for submissions later when the backlog is clear. Kind of a mixed message.

    I don't see how the journal can survive in the long run. Who's going to agree to be Editor-in-Chief?

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  10. Another interesting blog ("Chaos Still Publishing Former Editor’s Work") by Philip Davis:

    http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2009/07/01/chaos-resumes-publishing-editors-work/

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