Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Email to Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A

Unbelievable how many journals this guy edits. I just sent this:

To Editor-in-Chief Siegfried Grossmann, Managing Editor Karin Pfeffer, and the Advisory Board of Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A (ZNA):

A member of the Advisory Board of ZNA, Prof. Ji-Huan He of Donghua University in Shanghai, is guilty of academic misconduct.

J-H He is notorious for gaming the impact factor of the International Journal of Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation (IJNSNS) of which he is Editor-in-Chief.

He is at the center of a scandal in China for appropriating without attribution the work of Dr. Shijun Liao (homotopy analysis method or HAM), renaming it (homotopy perturbation method or HPM), and calling it his own. His work is not only unoriginal, it is of poor quality. Besides the previous link, see Francisco M. Fernandez on Ji-Huan He in this regard. Also see Three cheers for Francisco M. Fernandez!

Most shocking is J-H He's close association with the infamous and belligerently litigious crackpot Mohamed El Naschie. J-H He calls El Naschie "one of this century's greatest scientists since Newton and Einstein" and says "El Naschie's theory will certainly lead to a Nobel Prize".

Appropriately, J-H He has been fired from editorial positions at Chaos, Solitons and Fractals (CSF), the Arab Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences (AJMMS), and Computers and Mathematics with Applications (CMA).

Prof. Grossmann, if you are aware of these facts and still think J-H He deserves a place on the Advisory Board of ZNA, you can make that choice, but your reputation and that of your journal are at risk. We have done our best to warn you. Members of the Advisory Board, we urge you to ask Prof. Grossmann to do the right thing and remove Prof. He from his Advisory Board position. Your reputations are also at risk.

Best regards,

Jason of El Naschie Watch

Thanks to Shrink for compiling the email addresses. All went through except for one out-of-office auto reply.

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  1. Dear Jason, last night I posted the long list of journals which have J-H-He on the editorial board. I did some more research and I also found that the great guy is on the Honorary Committee of the Chaos2010 conference, just held on June 1-4 in Crete, Greece ( I wonder if the other members of the Honorary Committee and of the International Scientific Committee are aware of who this guy is. I would expect that in order to be a part of Honorary Committee one should be a first level expert on the field? Is this the case??!! Maybe one should ask this question to the other members and see what they think.

    Another important point is that the conference proceedings have been used to inflate the citations to specific papers (this is clearly mentioned for example by prof. Douglas Arnold in his "Integrity under attack" report). Should we expect tons of nonsensical citations to the VAPA papers (I am using Fernandez definitions) from this conference??

    One more thing - I am not sure that you have commented on this (sorry if you have done it already): I stumbled upon this link

    Apparently Thompson Reuter each year ranks the research done the year before. So we find that our guy is no. 10 in the rankings of "Hottest Research of 2009".

    Quoting this document:

    "In the sphere of mathematics, Ji-Huan He of Donghua University makes a return appearance from last year, with 10 Hot Papers on the variational iteration method and other formulations."

    So we learn that:

    1- Ji Huan He has been the best mathematician of the planet for 2008 and 2009 according to Thompson Reuter. It is even more remarkable for somebody who doesn't have a Ph.D. in mathematics!!

    2- A field like Mathematics, which is very specific and different from other sciences, is competing in the ranking of Thompson Reuter directly with fields like
    Biochemistry, Genetics, Material Sciences where citations are notoriously more common and times to publish shorter. Shouldn't an "expert" like Thompson suspect something "fishy" in this situation??? I believe that they should be questioned on this point.

    3- Do these kinds of rankings applied to science make sense??

  2. Thank you for investigating that. The sciencewatch "hottest research" ranking for He is another example of gaming the system through citation numbers. We wrote about it in this post.

    I wish we had found out a couple of weeks earlier about the Honorary Committee. Oh well, as far as I can tell, being on the honorary committee was his only involvement in Chaos 2010. They should be informed but there is no urgency. Good work!

  3. I can make an eloquent German translation of that email so you can decide whether you want to send it instead/in addition to other German Journals.

  4. Thanks for the offer Martin, but I think ZNA was the only German one and that email's already sent in English. I'm sure they'll figure it out. ;) So hold off for now I suggest.

    Have you checked the hit counter today? We are probably going to set a record. :)

  5. Anonymous, it's not really a surprise that He is regarded as the best mathematician according to Thompson Reuters standards. The main topic of this blog, i.e., El Naschie is regarded as the best physicist despite the fact he has no formal education in physics, see:

  6. I have just sent ZNA a follow-up email pointing out that while they twiddled their thumbs, Ji-Huan He was fired from two more journals.

  7. I observed that crackpot Otto E Rössler has many many publications in Zeitschrift für Naturforschung. As he is member of the e-infinity crackpot group, this may have something to do why J.J. He became editor, or why Roessler's papers are that often accepted in Zeitschrift für Naturforschung.

    Can somebody look more decent at o.e. Rössler's publications in ZNA? Because i have looked at some and from what I understand (physicist), some seem to look like crackpot papers. For example.

    begins with "a new class of dissipative structures is proposed that live in real space rather than in phase space" Unfortunately, the paper contains only one formula, loads of vague descriptions and we learn that 5000 is approximately the cubic root of 10^11........

    Clearly, a paper containing only vague descriptions like that would not have been accepted by a mainstream physics journal.....

  8. Bingo. El Naschie is said only to be published in chaos solitons and fractals. This was wrong.
    Apparently, Zeitschrift für Naturforschung published him also:

    On the connection between Statical and Dynamical Chaos
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    Author: El Naschie, M.S. (Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Studies)
    Zeitschrift für Naturforschung, 44a(??), 645 - 650.
    YEAR: 1989
    PUB TYPE: Journal Article
    SUBJECT(S): Nonlinear Dynmaics and Chaos
    DISCIPLINE: Physics

  9. I do not have access to the article "micro relativity" by Roessler and his phd Diebner which was apparently accepted in Zeitschrift für Naturforschung. But what Diebner describes of it on his homepage, I think this could be a purely crackpot paper:
    can someone access this article:
    Z. Naturforsch. 52 a, 593-599 (1997)

  10. This is the abstract. Look especially at the last sentence:
    Z. Naturforsch. 52 a, 593-599 (1997)

    A new synthesis based on microscopic classical thinking is attempted in the spirit of the molecular-dynamics-simulation (MDS) paradigm. Leibniz's idea that joint scale transformation cancel out is invoked. Boltzmann discovered that a time reversal in the whole universe is undetectable from the inside. As a corollary, objective micro time reversal occur in the interface between a subsystem and the rest of the universe, whenever the former undergoes a time reversal. This is shown to occur in a generic class of Hamiltonian systems. The "microinterface" arrived at generalizes the macro frame of relativity to the micro realm. Micro relativity comprises Bohr's idea of an observer-relative complementarity and Everett's idea of an observer-relative state. As in relativity proper, a mulitiplicity of worlds (cuts) exist. For the inhabitants of an artifical MDS universe, therefore a radically new option is available: world change technology.

  11. Anonymous 7:36 PM/7:47 PM/8:04 PM/8:06 PM that is a hugely important observation you have just made. A breakthrough. Ji-Huan He is slipping crap papers written by at least two of his E-Infinity group friends into the respectable ZNA! I shall compose a new letter to ZNA in light of these facts and ask Martin to write a version in German. This will take a while to do carefully and get right, but make no mistake, Ji-Huan He will be removed in the end. If anyone can find a copy of El Naschie's paper "On the connection between Statical and Dynamical Chaos" that might help. Also if other work by E-Infinity members is found in ZNA I'd like to know that as well.

    That Roessler abstract is nonsense. Molecular-dynamics-simulation? World change technology? It looks like it was written by a biochemist with no physics or math background. Which I think is a fair description of Roessler but it's off the top of my head, not from a CV.

    Good going. Keep digging. This is devastating.

  12. Unfortunately, many papers by Roessler look like written by a biochemiist without math background.
    It is interesting that Roessler also publishes sometimes at Phys. Lett. A.

    And he produces phds and diploma theses. The paper with the quoted abstract, for example, was written by Roessler and his young doctorate Diebner.

    I personally think that one should look closer at the papers by Roessler and the journals which accepted them. But at the moment, I do not have much time for that. I think, one should also look at the diploma and phd theses which roessler does produce.

    For me (physicist) the abstract of the phd thesis from Diebner looks like crackpot as well.
    But then, we are at a situation, where a professor from a german university lets students produce crackpot diplomas and crackpot doctorate theses.

    Normally, having a phd can be seen as some achivement.
    But what are the crackpot phds of Roessler worth? In germany. there are usually laws for almost everything. And there are even laws for the quality of a phd thesis. Now I do not know if theses like this are against some law:


    Hans H. Diebner:

    Time-dependent deterministic entropies and dissipative structures in exactly reversible Newtonian molecular-dynamical universes (In German language)

    Ph.D. Thesis, published by Verlag Ulrich Grauer, Stuttgart 1999.

    ABSTRACT (only in German available): In der vorliegenden Arbeit werden Methoden für Molekular-Dynamik-Simulationen im Hinblick auf eine konsistente Beschreibung des Mikro-Makro-Übergangs entwickelt und diese in exemplarischen Simulationen getestet. Nach einer historischen Zusammenfassung der für diese Arbeit relevanten wissenschaftstheoretischen Aspekte wird anhand eines Gedankenexperimentes aufgezeigt, daß die Konsistenz eines theoretischen naturwissenschaftlichen Gebädes eng mit dem Begriff Reversibilität verwoben ist. Dies liefert die Hauptmotivation für die darauf folgenden methodischen Entwicklungen und Simulationen.
    Die methodische Basis für konsistente Simulationen stellt ein exakt reversibler symplektischer Integrationsalgorithmus dar, der aus dem Prinzip der kleinsten Wirkung, angewandt auf die diskrete Raum-Zeit-Struktur (eines Computers), abgeleitet wird. Die Güte des neuen Algorithmus wird in expemplarischen Simulationen getestet. Dann wird eine deterministische Entropieformel abgeleitet, die ein Maß für das momentan okkupierte Phasenraumvolumen darstellt. Dieses Maß läßt sich als eindeutige Funktion der Mikrozustände formulieren, d.h. ohne ein willkürliches "coarse graining" zu verwenden.
    Die Verbindung zwischen mikroskopischer Dynamik chemischer Reaktionssysteme und der zugehörigen makroskopischen Ratengleichung schafft bekanntlich das Massenwirkungsgesetz begleitet von der Einführung von Reaktionsgeschwindigkeitskonstanten. Wir stellen einen Mechanismus zur Erzeugung dieser Konstanten durch Potentialschwellen zwischen Teilchenpaaren vor und bestimmen den zugehörigen funktionalen Zusammenhang durch Regression. Damit ist eine Verknüpfung zwischen makroskopischer und mikroskopischer Ebene hergestellt. Es lassen sich Vergleiche dieser beiden Ebenen anstellen und Übergänge darstellen. Wenig aufwendige makroskopische Vorstudien können die Parameterbereiche der mikroskopischen Dynamik einschränken.
    Vorgestellt wird ferner die Simulation einer rekurrenten chemischen Reaktion. Diese stellt die Basis für weitere Simulationen von komplexen chemischen Systemen dar. Da bei der Beschreibung von komplexen Strukturen die Theorie der "Chaos-Kontrolle" sehr erfolgversprechend ist, wird ein gängiges Kontrollverfahren, die "Pyragas-Methode", so modifiziert, daß eine mikroskopische Anwendung ermöglicht wird. In einer makroskopischen Vorstudie wird das Funktionieren dieses modifizierten Verfahrens getestet und Anwendungen werden diskutiert.
    Die dargestellten methodischen Ableitungen und Simulationen bilden die Basis für konstistente mikroskopische Modellierungen von komplexen Selbtorganisationsstrukturen. Der mit diesem Verfahren erzielte Erfolg berechtigt zu der Voraussage, daß einer Erweiterung auf noch komplexere Systeme ebenfalls erfolgreich sein wird.

  14. Hans H. Diebner and Ichiro Tsuda: Fundamental Interfaciology: Indistinguishability and Time's Arrow. In: Michel Petitjean (Ed.): Proceedings of FIS2005 - The Third Conference on the Foundations of Information Science. Online Edition: (2005).

    Hans H. Diebner: On the entropy flow between parts of multi-component systems, partial entropies and the implications for observations, Z. Naturforsch. 55a, 405-411 (2000).

    Hans H. Diebner and Otto E. Rössler: A Deterministic Entropy Based on the Instantaneous Phase Space Volume, Z. Naturforsch. 53a, 51-60 (1998).

    Walter Nadler, Hans H. Diebner and Otto E. Rössler: Space-Discretized Verlet-Algorithm from a Variational Principle, Z. Naturforsch. 52a, 585-587 (1997).

    Hans H. Diebner, Thomas Kirner and Otto E. Rössler: Time Reversibility and the Logical Structure of the Universe, Z. Naturforsch. 51a, 960-962 (1996).

    Axel A. Hoff, Hans H. Diebner and Gerold Baier: Reversible Control of Chemical Reaction Systems, Z. Naturforsch. 50a, 1141-1146 (1995).

    Hans H. Diebner and Otto E. Rössler: Deterministic Continuous Molecular-Dynamics-Simulation of a Chemical Oscillator, Z. Naturforsch. 50a, 1139-1140 (1995). (full pdf)

  15. now this abstract of the ZNS article by Roessler and Diebner looks quite strange:

    H Diebner and OE Rossler:

    A deterministic entropy based on the instantaneous phase space volume.

    Z. Naturforsch. 53a, 51-60 (1998).


    A deterministic entropic measure

    is derived for the time evolution of Newtonian N-particle systems based on the volume of the instantaneously occupied phase space (IOPS). This measure is found as a natural extension of Boltzmann's entropy. The instantaneous arrangement of the particles is exploited in the form of spatial correlations. The new entropy is a bridge between the time-dependent Boltzmann entropy, formulated on the basis of densities in the one-particle phase space, and the static Gibbs entropy which uses densities in the full phase space. We apply the new concept in a molecular dynamics simulation (MDS) using an exactly time reversible "discrete Newtonian equation of motion" recently derived from the fundamental principle of least action in discretized space-time. The simulation therefore is consistent with micro-time-reversibility.

    Entropy becomes an exact momentary observable in both time directions in fulfillment of a dream of Boltzmann.

  16. It gets even stranger:

    Hans H. Diebner, Thomas Kirner and Otto E. Rossler:

    Time Reversibility and the Logical Structure of the Universe

    Z. Naturforsch. 51a, 960-962 (1996)


    Both Fredkin's findings on the reversibility of logical operations and the novel capability to integrate Newton's equation of motion in an exactly reversible manner enables one to perform a gedankenexperiment in the form of a molecular dynamics simulation of the universe. This leads to a new validation of the reversible structure of the universe. Alternatively, the role of information needs to be upgraded in accordance with a recent proposal by Stonier.

  17. and stranger:

    On the Entropy Flow Between Parts of Multi-Component Systems, Partial Entropies and the Implications for Observations. (full pdf)

    Z. Naturforsch. 55a, 405-411 (2000).


    The concept of the time dependent instantaneously occupied phase space volume is applied to multi-component systems. It allows for the investigation of entropy flows betweeen the components of the system and the evaluation of partial entropies assigned to the subsystems.We give numerical examples by means of molecular dynamics simulations of a 100-particle gas. Using a symplectic exactly reversible algorithm, a consistent and reliable evalutation of energy and entropy exchanges as well as the intake of work is achieved. The entropy flow which is related to an information flow is linked to an observational situation.

    This yields a further indication for the necessity of an intrinsic observer for a better understanding of the physical world. In addition, it indicates the Gödelian structure of cognition in a most serious way because only "first-principle" assumptions are made.

    Thereby, the paradoxical situation which is created by Jaynes' concept of an "anthropomorphic entropy" can be resolved by putting the anthropomorphic contents of thermodynamics down to an ontological basis. This is a straightforward extension of Szilard's and Brillouin's information theoretical treatment of cognition.

  18. >>Time Reversibility and the Logical Structure of the Universe

    I can't believe that got published. The title suggests it's crackpot and the abstract confirms it. No need to read the paper unless for laughs. But I'm worried at the implications for my workload. This is an El Naschie blog. The E-Infinty group members like Roessler and J-H He got in by association. But going after students of E-Infinity group members will burn me out. Ji-Huan He's editorships are already burning me out.

    If anyone wants to do guest posts on Diebner or someone else, you can leave a comment or email me.

  19. "molecular dynamics simulations"
    "Gödelian structure of cognition"
    "anthropomorphic entropy"
    "ontological basis"

    OMG, Diebner put the whole kitchen sink into that woo-woo abstract.

  20. I had such a feeling but didn't want to articulate it: "maybe He was in good company on some boards" when I read the other guys names and what they specialize in. Some of them may be blind for other crackpots!!

  21. Not to be misunderstood: The terminus "molecular dynamics simulation" is not a crackpot methot but a standard tool for quantum chemists and computerphysicists, see here:
    One approximates the atoms of a molecule by points. The electromagnetic forces between the atoms is also approximated by classical forces. Then, one makes a simulation of that system regarding to the position of the atoms, their velocity, energy and other terms. As the equations are nonlinear, it can be understood, that they are investigated by Rössler.

    The problem is just that it seems to be consensus for molecular dynamics simulations not to be related to anything like:

    observer-relative complementarity
    Everett's idea of an observer-relative state.
    a mulitiplicity of worlds (cuts) exist.
    world change technology.

    also, it has nothing to do with the consistence of science itself:

    daß die Konsistenz eines theoretischen naturwissenschaftlichen Gebädes eng mit dem Begriff Reversibilität verwoben ist.

    Molecular dynamics simulations are well explained in this wikipedia article.

    It can be seen by a layman, that those models may be useful for some things but they are completely unrelated to anything like:

    Logical Structure of the Universe,
    Gödelian structure of cognition,
    "anthropomorphic entropy" ,
    anthropomorphic contents of thermodynamics,
    ontological basis,

    Also, "inventions" like a "A deterministic entropic measure which is found as a natural extension of Boltzmann's entropy" sound strange to me, as entropy is fundamentally related to randomness. Moreover, even Einstein noted somewhere in the early days that the basic definitions of statistical physics can not be somehow "extended". Sentences like

    "Entropy becomes an exact momentary observable in both time directions in fulfillment of a dream of Boltzmann." would clearly not be acceptable for a mainstream physics journal.

    A molecular dynamics simulation is an approximation model for some statistical processes. But as an approximation model that completely relies on newtons equation of motion (and sometimes concepts of brownian motion), it certainly can not be used, to "extend" the theory of statistical physics or thermodynamics.

    The contrary is the case. One has to make sure that all results from such a simulation correspond to the outcomes of classical statistical physics. Otherwise, the simulated computer model is wrong.

  22. sentences like:

    "The new entropy is a bridge between the time-dependent Boltzmann entropy, formulated on the basis of densities in the one-particle phase space, and the static Gibbs entropy"

    clearly make no sense. According to

    The Boltzmann entropy formula corresponds to the normal Gibbs entropy for independent particles.

    Entropy always increases in time. There is no "static" entropy that is different from the usual time dependent one.

    According to the abstract, the authors of

    Z. Naturforsch. 53a, 51-60 (1998).

    have even problems with the very basics of thermodynamics and statistical physics. How do such papers appear in a german physics journal?

  23. Anonymous, June 21, 2010 7:47 PM:

    Your claim is misleading. Nobody said that El Naschie published in CSF only; it was said instead that he published the majority (more than 300) of his papers in the recent years in it. A big difference.

  24. > it was said instead that he published the majority (more than 300)

    where "the majority" in this case means 323/346=93%, according to Science Direct

    > in the recent years

    the timeline is given here

  25. Now it seems that I have found crackpot gold:

    On the editorial board of Zeitschrift für Naturforschung is Jürgen Parisi.

    Jürgen Parisi has many papers co-authored with oe rössler.

    Among them are many crackpot papers.

    For example, the journal "physics essays" is, according to its description, a journal where peers are only allowed to make suggestions. But eventually, the author decides if he wants to include the referee's corrections. Physics essays publishes the paper anyway. It is not surprising, that there are many articles in physics essays which question the theory of special relativity.

    Here is one such special relativity criticism paper, and it was written by Rössler and Parisi;

    clearly, the opinions in the above paper are not publishable in mainstream journals.

    However, Parisi who publishes such nonsense is now on the editorial board of Zeitschrift für Naturforschung...

    Superluminality Paradox in Special Relativity
    Phys. Essays 16, 254 (2003) (5 pages); doi: 10.4006/1.3025580

    Jürgen Parisi
    Faculty of Physics, Department of Energy and Semiconductor Research, University of Oldenburg, D-26111 Oldenburg, Germany

    Otto E. Rössler
    Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Division of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Tübingen, D-72076 Tübingen, Germany
    Special relativity is shown to entail superluminality in a special case. Whenever the velocity of light in vacuum appears reduced from an outside vantage point due to the presence of an acceleration field, it is possible to violate the universal local speed limit c through filing a message through the high-c region. This finding amounts to an inconsistency in special relativity that needs repair. ©2003 Physics Essays Publication

  26. LOL:

    Special relativity is shown to entail superluminality in a special case. Whenever the velocity of light in vacuum appears reduced from an outside vantage point due to the presence of an acceleration field, it is possible to violate the universal local speed limit c through filing a message through the high-c region. This finding amounts to an inconsistency in special relativity that needs repair. ©2003 Physics Essays Publication

  27. Rössler and Parisi should join forces with Sorli: he'll help them to understand that the universe is in fact timeless and relativity a waste of - err - time. LOL

  28. I found the fruits of the Rossler - Parisi collaboration: