Comparison of this translation with other sources of information about El Naschie can be expected to turn up further contradictions in his stories. It is one of the most important posts on this blog, and has been added to the El Naschie Watch Archives.
The original Arabic version is available as a PDF in El Naschie's State Appreciation Award lie. Many thanks to the translator. Remarkably, he did not call El Naschie a douche even once.
The Egyptian Physicist Mohamed El Naschie
Big on Ultra-small Technology
by Mohammed Abou Zeid
His one chagrin was with Time, since his early years he felt that Time was his eternal murderer...
He often wondered while he was sad and alone: we know Space and behold it, so why can't we behold time and hold it instead of only feeling its passage? From that early era, Time has been Mohamed El Naschie's nemesis, chasing him around wherever he comes and goes! That is why his theory deal with Time as something tangible, just like Space.
He has at last held Time and touched it with his hands, he even thinks that we can bring back bygone Time and travel through Time to see the past. Through a critical view of the structure of Space and Time he has been able to build a bridge between high-energy physics and spacetime. He has unified two distinct theories, quantum mechanics which describes atomic structure and relativity theory that studies high-speed motion, to construct one theory that El Naschie calls "Unified theory of fundamental forces". He has even pointed out mistakes made by Ilya Prigogine, Nobel laureate of 1978, and the esteemed scientist Stephen Hawking.
El Naschie was born in a time when life was like a boiling pot. WWII was ravaging Europe and Rommel, the desert Fox, was violently knocking on Egypt's door. Political life in Egypt was going from bad to worse, the king on one side and the political parties and the government on another. The people were looking for a path and couldn't find it. Egypt's army was forced to enter a war that it had no business with. [The writer uses the classical Arabic expression used by Sheikh El-Maraghy, the Sheikh of Al-Azhar during WWII, that the Sheikh used to describe WWII in parliament to dissuade the government from aiding the British in the war.] Salah-El-Din El Naschie was one of the officers of that army that was confusedly torn between loyalty to the leadership and compassion towards the people.
Everything was about to collapse while this officer was awaiting the birth of his second son while the winds of war were blowing from Europe to agitated Egypt.
Mohamed entered this world while Egypt was in a state of economic paralysis, so his father named him after the rejuvenator of modern Egypt's economy, Mohamed Talaat Harb. So if his father took from "Salah-El-Din El Ayouby" (Saladin) nothing but the military title, he hoped that Egypt's economic development would come at the hands of his son!
Egypt's governance was like a ship crossing a dark sea in a storm, and no one knew where the country was heading.
Mohamed grew up as things deteriorated further, and by mid-century it seemed that all hope was lost, to the point where the great writer and poet Kamel El-Shinamy wrote his famous essay, "I am searching for a man," which left a lasting effect on Egyptian society.
And shortly the man arrived with the July 23rd 1952 revolution. Because Mohamed's father was not among the Free Officers Movement, he was forced or chose to retire, since the new climate where young officers rules was not suitable for an older officer with a long history of serving the establishment.
An engineer or a donkey?
Retiring wasn't easy for the office Salah El-Din and the situation cast shadows on the family, from fear of being chased or trial. The mother traveled with the older son to Kuwait, while Mohamed El Naschie stayed with the father in Cairo. In the midst of the hasty and teenage moves made by the revolution towards its sons [Typical. The two-faced El Naschie feels free to criticize the Egyptian revolution in this Qatari magazine. For Egyptian audiences, he claims his father was one of the revolutionaries, a Free Officer. He also says Qatar has a size and inferiority complex, is tainted by Israel, and that their media disrespects Egypt.], even against its own leader, President Mohamed Naguib, there was no more safety for the father and son. Consequently the father made a difficult decision to send his son to complete his education in Germany, when he was not yet fifteen.
Mohamed traveled at an age when all he wanted was tenderness and a warm embrace. As a result he was attracted to art and music. But when he decided to study them his father objected saying: arts and literature are a hobby and not a job!
The father was a stiff military kind that didn't allow people refusing his orders, but he was a strong believer that the doors of the future will be opened only with the key of science. And science, in particular engineering science, is what will take the hand of developing nations. If the father lost his battle with his job, he wasn't about to let his children lose their whole future. He gave his son an ultimatum: "You either become an engineer or you will become a donkey [a widely-used Egyptian epithet for a stupid person]". And since Mohamed did not want to become a donkey, he chose engineering.
In another compromise between his love and hobby and his father's wish, he chose architectural engineering. The father quickly recognized the attempt and forcibly made him change his mind. In the end the son relinquished to his father's wishes and chose to study civil engineering in Hanover University, admittedly without much enthusiasm and only to satisfy his dad.
Mohamed El Naschie graduated in 1968 and worked for three years in companies that built roads and bridges in the Germany. Because of his forever new ideas, one of his professors advised him to leave work and to travel to the US for graduate school. El Naschie complied, but on his way to the US he stopped in England where he switched from civil engineering to applied mechanics.
In his new field he found a place for art and creativity and became completely absorbed in his new studies and got a masters and PhD from London University where he was then chosen to become a lecturer. After two years he traveled to Saudi Arabia to teach at Riyadh University and a manager of projects at the National Center of Science and Technology for four years during which he was promoted to professorship.
The major transformation in his life occurred when he was called up to work at Los Alamos labs in the US. This step was the beginning of his move out of engineering which was forced upon him and into nuclear science.
Around this time a new science, "Chaos" or "Deterministic Chaos", appeared, and El Naschie jumped ships in a major way to Cornell University where he introduced a new line of work in this science that raised him to the level of the great innovators in the history of science.
El Naschie found himself attracted to this new science and decided to study it, after which he joined New Mexico University as an "extraordinary" [sic] professor for two years before working at Cornell University as a professor in the department of space and aeronautics where he specialized in deterministic chaos. During this period he met Sir Hermann [Professor Sir Hermann Bondi] who gave him the chance to join the venerable Cambridge University. Being hired at Cambridge was not easy and he faced many difficulties, especially since his background was in engineering while 99 percent of his coworkers were physicists and so he felt estranged. El Naschie outdid himself and showed that he deserved to teach at Cambridge. He did not stop there, but became so good at theoretical physics that his mentor Ilya Prigogine (a German Jew and Nobel Laureate) nominated him for a Nobel. Although El Naschie believes that political considerations affect the Nobel decisions and that they are not totally objective, and he even told the writer that two of the Nobel committee are being interrogated by the Swedish authorities for bribery, he still dreams of the receiving the award but not to the point where he loses sleep over it. El Naschie's life has been a long journey full of success and achievements, and full of obstacles and failures also. He traveled from Egypt through space to Europe, from which he traveled through Time in his research. From Cairo he traveled alone to sit at the top of the Solvay Institute for Physics in Belgium. A journey not to be measured in millions of miles as much as it should be measured in seconds, or better yet, femtoseconds. A journey in which distances were long and durations short, ending with Mohamed El Naschie at the top of the science of Chaos.
The word Chaos was coined by the Greek poet Hesiod circa 700 BC in his famous statement "In the beginning was Chaos and nothing else besides the emptiness and unlimited space". The word came to represent undesired disorder.
Linguists define Chaos in dictionaries as agitation and disorder, and scientifically to mean undesired randomness. In modern times, the American historian Henry Adams (1858-1918) used the term saying that "chaos generates life while order generates familiarity (custom?)".
Scientists have been confused while following these unexpected scientific phenomena despite their small size [sic] where prediction is not feasible. This issue kept scientists busy and was communicated to Norway's king in 1989 [sic. Off by about a century. King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway.] who decided to award a prize to whoever could answer the question: "Is the solar system stable?" Poincare was mulling that question and showed that Newton's laws did not predict a solution for the motion of the sun, earth, and moon, and he won the prize.
Then came Edward Lorentz who made use of Poincare's mathematics to present a simplified mathematical model for the weather that took into account temperature and the speed of the wind. The final outcome of his work was chaos theory, that simple perturbations lead to complicated behavior. This line of research progressed to Ilya Prigogine who described phenomena far from equilibrium and discovered that bifurcation and self-organization occur in equilibriated systems when perturbed. His work led him to chaos/complexity theory that shows how chaotic behavior arises in thermal and chemical, and also biological, systems.
Prigogine used the concept of dissipative systems to demonstrate how complex structures arise and that order is generated by chaos.
A revolution in the sciences
The research of Dr. Mohamed El Naschie led to what may be described as a revolution in science, especially in the area of atomic and chemical sciences. His work has allowed scientists to determine the values of physical constants in the universe, such as the universal gravitation constant and the electromagnetic constant, in a theory that unifies all physical forces, namely gravitational, electromagnetic and nuclear forces, in one law, which drove NASA to use his work in their applications. Furthermore, the Center for Theoretical Physics at Frankfurt University, which is the biggest center of physical research in Europe, honored Dr. El Naschie as a distinguished professor, and he was also honored in Hyderabad University in India, and was awarded the State Appreciation Prize by Egypt. [This is not true.]
Dr. Mohamed El Naschie has a large number of papers published in international scientific journals, and his work has important applications in nuclear physics, particle physics. Many of these papers were published in a peer-reviewed journal that he was editor-in-chief for, and he also has many other scientific writings, all of which were written in English.
Although Dr. Mohamed El Naschie is one of the pioneers of deterministic chaos, he is still an artisti controlled by his creative impulses. He grew up with two loves in his heart, a love for nature and physical sciences, and a love for art and literature. His first love drove him many a time to read literary and philosophical books, and his hobbies also include oil painting and listening to music.
Dr. Mohamed El Naschie writes poetry and loves reading El-Maary, Al-Akaad, Taha Hussein, and El-Hakkem. Some of his favorite characters are from the theater of Eugen Ionescu and Samuel Beckett, the pioneers of the theater of the absurd.
Dr. El Naschie has two daughters, the older, Shirren, studies architecture at Leeds University, and the youngest, Sonya, is a veterinarian. He is from a family that loves science as decided by the officer Salah El-Din El Naschie. His brother Dr. Amr Elnashai is the head of the Earthquake Institute [sic. He's an earthquake engineering specialist at the University of Illinois.] in the US, Said Elnashaie is a well-known scientist in chemical science in the University of Alabama [sic. Now at Sinai University I believe.] El Naschie loves skiing and practices it often. He goes to Germany specially to enjoy it there.
The issue of El Naschie's nomination to the Nobel prize his becoming known for that has led to criticism from some quarters of the Egyptian elite. Some have criticized the situation saying: "There is no such scientific title for a scientist called a Nobel nominee". Although El Naschie responds to his detractors on this issue, whether they are objective in their critique or have personal biases, in few words saying that he has never said that himself. The title came about when a newspaper wrote that about him and was later followed by other newspapers. El Naschie adds, "Although I have never said or asked anyone to say on my behalf that I have been nominated for a Nobel, that shouldn't make us ignore the fact that I have been in fact nominated for a Nobel more than once." Although some have chosen this point to aim arrows at El Naschie, he chooses not to linger too much on this issue, but instead search for ways to serve his homeland Egypt. He returned to Cairo after a long journey abroad and after reaching the upper echelon in science abroad and at home, he returned with hopes and ambitions. He went to the authorities with a complete project for nanotechnology, the technology of the ultra-small, and he was met initially with a warm welcome. He met the top authorities and the parliament held a hearing to listen to his vision on nanotechnology and was welcomed by the members of parliament. The newspapers took wind of the man and the hopes attached to him, but as usual with Egyptian bureaucracy, the dream started big and then diminished gradually until it disappeared, which saddened El Naschie's heart. His sadness was deepened in proportion to the vicious media campaign that he faced, which is backed, according to him, by organizations and individuals, some of which are known, some of which are not, to the point where some of them accused him of planning for 9/11 and that he is helping Saudi Arabia build a nuclear bomb.
El Naschie admits that he sometimes compromises, but he will never abandon his eastern roots which he was raised on. He categorically refuses to visit Israel until things go back to the pre-67 arrangement. He hates the US policies towards Arabs and Palestine and its sins in Iraq, but he is optimistic about Obama's policies and expects him to return the US to the principles of justice and freedom established by the founding fathers.
He refuses to gain any other citizenship besides his Egyptian citizenship, despite the bitterness in his throat. But the severe war waged against him by his enemies has led to building annoyance and the disappearance of his smile which has been replaced by sad and angry looks. Who will make El Naschie smile again?