Thursday, May 6, 2010

Introduction to Mohamed El Naschie

If you want to learn about Mohamed El Naschie, start here. It's the most popular page on El Naschie Watch. Don't worry that this was posted in 2010; we add recent developments to the timeline.


Dr. Mohamed El Naschie (Arabic: محمد النشائي) is pseudoscientist crackpot who makes grandiose claims about being a "paradigm-shifting" high-energy physicist. He also claims that he deserves the Nobel Prize several times over, and has been nominated for it, but that it has been denied him because he's Egyptian, Muslim, and named Mohamed. He does not tolerate criticism and has earned a reputation as a legal bully.

El Naschie was born on October 10, 1943 in Cairo to one of Egypt's richest families, from which he inherited great wealth. He owns fabulous properties in Egypt, Germany and England. He earned a doctorate in civil or structural engineering from University College London in 1974, but has no physics or math degree, not even an undergraduate one. For a few years he published conventional, unremarkable engineering papers. But he soon decided he'd rather be a theoretical physicist than an engineer.

El Naschie is the founder of a nonsense theory of "fractal Cantorian space-time" that he calls "E-Infinity theory". By founding the Elsevier journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals (CSF) in 1991, and being its Editor-in-Chief, he managed to publish hundreds of numerological screeds disguised as real physics. As Editor-in-Chief, he was able to avoid peer review for himself, and to publish otherwise unpublishable papers for favored acolytes. In this way he attracted a dozen or so loyal followers, the "E-Infinity group" or "Brotherhood" as we call them on El Naschie Watch. The most famous, or infamous, member other than El Naschie himself is Prof. Ji-Huan He of Donghua University in Shanghai. Ji-Huan He has called El Naschie "The greatest scientist since Newton and Einstein". Another well-known member is Prof. Otto Rössler of the University of Tübingen, who made the news with warnings that the Large Hadron Collider at CERN might make a black hole that would swallow the Earth.


In Egypt, El Naschie played a world-famous scientist for many years. Egyptian media and the general public respectfully accepted him at face value, with few exceptions. Some real scientists in Egypt and the Arab world saw through him, but nobody paid them much attention. Outside the Arab world few had heard of him. By 2008, however, his shenanigans began to draw international attention.

Very recently sectors of the Egyptian press have become noticeably skeptical of the Great Man. For an example of this, watch part three of the Elbeet Beetak interview. El Naschie squirms uncomfortably under Khairy Ramadan's questions.


TIMELINE


Here, in chronological order, are the major events in the recent history of Mohamed El Naschie:



  • February 6, 2008. El Naschie is kicked off Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's scientific advisory committee for mysterious "personal reasons".

  • May, 2008. Zoran Škoda, a mathematical physicist in Zagreb, Croatia, sends letters to members of the CSF editorial board asking whether they agree with El Naschie's self-publishing editorial practices. Škoda is threatened with legal action by CSF legal advisor "P. Green", who is actually an El Naschie sockpuppet (as will become clear four years hence).

  • June 17, 2008. Jerzy Jurkiewicz, Renate Loll and Jan Ambjorn publish "Using Causality to Solve the Puzzle of Quantum Spacetime" in the July issue of Scientific American. El Naschie's fans or sock puppets spam the online comments, claiming El Naschie's ideas were stolen.

  • November 9, 2008. John Baez publishes "The Case of M. S. El Naschie" on the n-Category Café blog, in response to a comment from Zoran Škoda. Later, around February 9, 2009, Baez takes the post down, fearing El Naschie's lawyers. An angry El Naschie representative had called U.C. Riverside where Baez works. Jacques Distler also takes down his criticism of El Naschie.

  • November 27, 2008. Quirin Schiermeier publishes a one-page Nature news article, "Self-publishing editor set to retire" announcing El Naschie's departure from Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, based on Zoran Škoda's investigations. El Naschie's spokesman H.G. Böhm immediately issues a denial: "Prof. El Naschie does not intend and in fact will not step down from his position as Editor-in-Chief." El Naschie soon sues Nature in London. See El Naschie vs. Nature BOMBSHELL! for the status as of 12 June 2011, and El Naschie loses; Nature wins and Interesting parts of Mrs Sharp's judgment for the July 2012 conclusion.

  • January 8, 2009. Christoph Drösser, in Die Zeit, publishes an article critical of El Naschie. El Naschie subsequently sues Die Zeit in Hamburg, ultimately forcing them to make small changes to the article. But the outcome of the suit is bad news for El Naschie.

  • February 8, 2009. The El Naschie Watch blog begins.

  • March 2, 2009. El Naschie is conclusively forced off the editorial board of Chaos, Solitons and Fractals with a publisher's note in the journal itself. Elsevier, the publisher, later fires the entire editorial staff and re-launches the journal. Later still, the first articles appear.

  • March 3, 2009. For the first time, El Naschie acknowledges the existence of El Naschie Watch, slamming it in an Egyptian newspaper interview.

  • April 16, 2009. El Naschie supporters or sock puppets threaten to kill me.

  • June 30, 2009. The Guardian publishes an article making fun of El Naschie's use of Chaos, Solitons & Fractals as his personal vanity journal, and of his penchant for collecting photos of himself in the company of real scientists. (At the time Marc Abrahams wrote the article, it wasn't yet known that El Naschie sometimes used photoshop to create the pictures.) Improbable Research also carries the story; and later another one.

  • December 12, 2009. Douglas N. Arnold, the president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) calls out El Naschie and Ji-Huan He for unethical impact-factor manipulation of their respective journals. Arnold calls the cases "appalling" and "clear-cut".

  • January 12, 2010. RationalWiki writes derisively about El Naschie. A sock puppet named Mimi Youssef issues a legal threat. RationalWiki consults with El Naschie Watch and stands firm.

  • February 8, 2010. El Naschie Watch reveals that a photograph on the front page of El Naschie's Web site portraying him in an intimate beach scene with three Nobel Laureates is a photoshopped fake.

  • March 22, 2010. El Naschie Watch reveals the identities of the shadowy Brotherhood.

  • April 7, 2010. Unable to publish physics papers in peer-reviewed journals, El Naschie gives up and starts publishing a daily political column in Rosa Al-Youssef (Arabic) [Rosa links now redirect because the paper folded]. Ironically, his May 7, 2010 column concludes thusly: "I'm a scientist and not a specialist in political affairs." His column, like everything in Rosa Al-Youssef, is sycophantic toward Hosni Mubarak, who has been the Egyptian President for thirty years.

  • April 12, 2010. El Naschie Watch finds an Arabic interview with El Naschie from the Egyptian TV show Elbeet Beetak. We add subtitles in English, German, Italian and Spanish and post it on YouTube.

  • May 17, 2010. We catch the great man making contradictory claims about his father's background. He tells Egyptian audiences that his father was among the Free Officers who founded the Arab Republic of Egypt. He tells Qatari audiences the opposite; and that in fact the new government treated his monarchy-supporting family badly. We also reveal that he has been falsely claiming to be a recipient of Egypt's State Appreciation Award. See these four posts for details: The Free Officer lie, El Naschie's State Appreciation Award lie, Complete English translation of the Al-Doha piece, and A reader finds the Egypt State Award winners list.

  • May 20, 2010. An El Naschie Watch operative discovers that El Naschie's 1974 doctoral thesis, "The role of formulation in elastic buckling", has mysteriously disappeared from University College London.

  • June 2, 2010. Mohamed El Naschie and Ji-Huan He are fired from the editorial board of the Arab Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences. El Naschie Watch was instrumental.

  • August 28, 2010. A friend of El Naschie, Prof. Itamar Procaccia, admits that El Naschie "is a complete crook science wise."

  • September 15, 2010. El Naschie Watch discovers the location of El Naschie's two-million pound house in England. He had long been using a post office box to hide his address. Later we find more of his properties. See this, this, this and this.

  • September 16, 2010. El Naschie, through citation scamming, single-handedly propels Alexandria University to 4th place for research impact, in a worldwide ranking of universities.

  • September 17, 2010. Christoph Drösser publishes another article critical of El Naschie and Ji-Huan He in Die Zeit.

  • December 3, 2010. President Hend Hanafi of Alexandria University appoints El Naschie to an emeritus-type position in the physics department. This is a scandal, because El Naschie Watch warned her about him.
  • May 1, 2011. El Naschie's last column appears. He and Rosa Al-Youssef's Editor-in-Chief were fired after the Egyptian revolution.

  • June 12, 2011. El Naschie tells the court in the Nature case that he has no money. A few days later he tells the press he has fifty million dollars to contribute to a nuclear project.

That brings us up to date.


El Naschie calls himself a professor, but he isn't one, or wasn't until the December 3, 2010 appointment (see timeline). For years he claimed affiliation with the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. Prof. Michael Green of Cambridge caught wind of this and in September 2000 had him banned from the arXiv, so it's hard to imagine El Naschie being able to publish any more of his pseudoscientific nonsense.

Instead, El Naschie has returned to Egypt from England, and become a political columnist, Mubarak toady, and nanotechnology promoter. (He has no more specialist expertise in nanotechnology than he does in high-energy physics.)


El Naschie often drums up sympathetic anger by blaming his lack of a Nobel on the United States and Israel. He has been supported by Saad Khalifa, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood bloc of the Egyptian Parliament in a debate over whether El Naschie should serve as a scientific advisor to President Mubarak.

He says Mossad's out to get him; that by a stray bullet on the shore of the Nile in Cairo he might meet his end. The implication is that Mossad will assassinate him and make it look like an accidental or random shooting. This is mentioned in the Elbeet Beetak interview and in this Egyptian TV Guide.

El Naschie insinuates himself into the company of Nobel Laureates for his photo collection, and if the results are unsatisfactory he photoshops.

Most regard El Naschie as a con-man, but some think he is merely delusional.




Further introductory reading:


Extra Credit. Dr. Mohamed El Naschie was made a "Distinguished Fellow" in a ceremony at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in 2002 and mentions it whenever he can. It was an elaborate event with hundreds in attendance including Nobel Laureates and world press. But "Distinguished Fellow" doesn't mean what El Naschie wants you to think it means. The story is complicated but fascinating. If you have mastered El Naschie 101, here's an advanced homework assignment for extra credit. Read Fortasse pecunia olet interdum and then this update.

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33 comments:

  1. It couldn't been written better. Excellent!

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  2. Chapeau! Encyclopaedic!

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  3. TY TY. I keep thinking of things I should add, and it's already not "concise", so I'd better change the title.

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  4. Just a few years ago, El. Naschie did not even know how to send e-mails.

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  5. Yes, or so his sock puppets claimed. The claim was partly, I think, a defense against the charge that he used sock puppets all over the Internet to promote himself. Later, for example in the Elbeet Beetak video, El Naschie began talking about the value of the Internet for scientific collaboration. Exactly when he had that change of heart I don't know.

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  6. I think it is true that El naschie doesn't know how to use computers or internet. I think in some of his interview he declared that he doesn't know how to use computers. As all we know that the great man is using his golden fingers in calculations (counting on his golden fingers).

    If you give a look on his slides on Ninth International Symposium Frontiers of Fundamental and Computational Physics, 7-9 January 2008.
    http://elnaschiewatch.blogspot.com/2010/04/fundamental-and-computational-physics.html

    http://agenda.fisica.uniud.it/difa/getFile.py/accesscontribId=52&sessionId=32&resId=0&materialId=slides&confId=9

    You find these slides of very poor quality full of mistakes due using words. He didn't care to check if the chatachters appear correctly or not. You find also he was using a scan for table for pictures. At leat he could produce tables.

    I think there is another one doing computer stuff for the great man, but even this one is not professional. I think using computers is beyond the ability of the great man.

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  7. A small typo in the last date:

    September 17, 2009 --> September 17, 2010

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  8. A+ proofreading, thanks. Fixed.

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  9. The timeline has been updated with two items: August 28, 2010 and December 3, 2010.

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  10. I came across this site from random crackpot concerns about Rossler's LHC fears. I've read a lot of your articles, and I have to say, kudos to you for keeping crackpots such as these self-proclaimed scientists in check.

    If only there were more of you for the climate change disinformationists.. :(

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  11. You wrote "so it's hard to imagine El Naschie being able to publish any more of his pseudoscientific nonsense.", but unfortunately your imagination failed. See http://www.scirp.org/journal/jqis/ vol.1 no.2 p.50.

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  12. Thank you for the info. Shawn Halayka tipped me off to this as well. Amazing, isn't it?

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  13. Socrates advised as surely that everybody knows is to start by knowing yourself. If Mohamed El naschie is a crackpot which may or may not be the case, then what do you call a man who devoted years of his life day by day to talk about a crackpot? My suggestion is that Jason Rush and his El naschie watch are a night pot. If in doubt what this is, it is what old people use when they suffer from incontinence at night. Some people might be offended by this. In fact a night pot might file a complaint for being compared to Jason. I am sure he doesnt mind.

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  14. Wellcome back, sockpuppet!

    Please, tell us about some news regarding your master vs Nature case. Does he plan to take a loan or to sell his property in England for paying their legal expenses?

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  15. So Shrink is nobody else but Jason. I have never seen him but I imagine him to be something like Dr. Love except with no science or brains. I am sure Stanley Kobric will also be offended let alone Peter Sellers. Luckily for Peter he is dead and doesnt need to endure the smell of the shrink. I imagine Jason to be handicapped in a wheelchair and that explains his obsession with sex which is indicative of impotence. El Naschie is not my master. In fact I dont give a damn about him but I would like to know who is your paymaster Jason. Is it Christopher Drosser or do you receive your money directly from the failed Prof. John Baez? Your stuff is under the dignity of Renate Loll and her crew. I can imagine El naschie could run a brothel like yours on the internet to collect money because for sure he doesnt intend to pay a penny to Nature. Nature did not fight this legal case to get money. I agree with you Jason that it is curious that there is no court decision. If you consider that Mohamed el naschie was not represented legally or at least that is what we are told and that Nature was represented by 6 QC's according to unconfirmed rumors then it is hilarious that the court needs 7 months to make up its mind. For sure something is fowl in the state of Denmark or is the affair of Nature and MacMillan Publishing International. I hope he loses this case because then we can be sure that he and his followers will unleash unprecedented thunderstorm which hopefully will wipe away this filthy commercial publisher who have spoiled science and turned it over into scientific prostitution.

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  16. Anonymous, you are invited to write a guest post. Let me know. We don't get many El Naschie fans around here, so you are a rare treat.

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  17. Oh, Anonymous, you're such a tasty sockpuppet resembling the style and making the same statements as the sockpuppets in their golden era.

    Please, don't be shy, and provide us with some news on your friend. Also feel free to express your true feelings - Jason won't censor any of your comments.

    As for your claim that Jason and I are the same person, well, feel free to believe that, as you can believe that Jason is a hired
    character assassin, that Nature's and Die Zeit's articles are a Dutch plot to steal your friend's ideas and that Her Majesty herself took interest in the case of your friend. LOL

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  18. Updated timeline to reflect loss of libel case.

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  19. Maybe you should also make an entry reflecting the period of the trial (November-December 2011).

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  20. I just came across the "International Journal of Physics". Many of its editorial board members should look familiar to the readers of this blog. See
    http://www.serialsjournals.com/editorial-board.php?journals_id=167

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  21. Thx, Anonymous, that's another addition (Jason will do it, eventually) to the Master list of Ji-Huan He's positions (as He is among the "Associated Editors").

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  22. The younger brother (Amr or "scorpio") is now dean of engineering at Penn State. I wonder what the search committee was thinking. After only 3 months in the position he was already interviewing for provost elsewhere. These folks know no limit to their pathological ambitions.

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    1. Are we sure about this? Where did he interview for provost?

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  23. Thanks, Anonymous.

    We noticed that (Amr's new position) some months ago. Maybe the interviewers should consider the baggage Amr carries along: the pseudoscientific crackpottery of his brother which he's proud to show on his pages related to his faculty position.

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  24. Jason,

    Amr interviewed at the U. of Central Florida for provost. See:
    http://orlando.eventful.com/events/dr-amr-elnashai-candidate-provost-and-vice-pres-/E0-001-069973263-6

    Can any of you give details about why Said was fired precisely from Penn State, where Amr is now dean?

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  25. You can find what appears to be a recent CV of Said here:

    http://www.koprcsa.org/2012/en/25.asp

    No discussion of crimes, though! He is currently in Malaysia.

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  26. Hi,

    I was wondering if any of you have inquired about M. El Naschie stay at Cornell U. dept. of mechanical engineering. He apparently stay there in the early 90's.

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  27. Can someone please confirm if Amr wrote the web page/blog about Said? ("The Case Of Said Elnashaie").

    If true, it would be amazing to think how Amr concealed the "spectacular sacking" of his own brother to the Penn State folks, when interviewing there!

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  28. Anonymous (December 27, 2014), have a look at this comment.

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  29. Anonymous (January 6, 2015), the author(s) of the blog are (with great probability) the same who hide behind the Scorpion*** aliases. Amr is among the usual suspects.

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  30. Anonymous (Jan 6):
    I just talk with a civil engineer professor friend of mine who told me how relieved they are at U. of Illinois to see Amr depart, he described him as an angry men full of tricks who will only work on his self-promotion. Poor Penn State University never figured the pathological genes running in this family.

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