In an article yesterday I talked about my relationship with my mentor, the late Thomas Barta, in the context of talking about the possibility of an Israeli State without racism or Zionism as visualized in the 1960s by the activist journalist and thinker Uri Avnery. Today I want to point out the role of the scientist Professor Sir Hermann Bondi in my life. My first encounter with Sir Hermann was in the 1960s when he gave weekly lectures on the science of the universe [cosmology and relativity presumably] on German television. I was a student in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Hannover, but my heart belonged to the humanities and theoretical physics.
I learned from Hermann's lectures the most important secrets of the universe, especially about the darkness of the night sky, which ought to be as bright as day from all the stars in the Universe. This is known scientifically as Olbers' paradox after a German scientist from Hamburg [sic. Bremen].
I sent some letters to Sir Hermann [As with Galbraith. It's El Naschie's modus operandi], who was at the peak of his young powers at the time, and he marveled that a simple civil engineer could be interested in such theoretical science so far from his specialty. It was the beginning of a significant friendship between a lover of science and a senior scientist.
Sir Hermann was originally an Austrian Jew who emigrated from Austria to England in the era of anti-Semitism, to attend Cambridge, the top university in Britain.
Sir Hermann was a Jew, as I said. But he believed all religions including Judaism were evil disguised as good, quite the opposite of my understanding of things to this day.
Sir Hermann wrote a book called false facts [?]. This title indicates a Hegelian dialectic mentality to the thinking of Sir Hermann. In this book, Sir Hermann said that "Religion, which is defined to be a source of good, is in fact a source of evil" [There is a book called Lying Truths and it does mention Bondi's opinion about religion. But it is not by Bondi].
Time passed, and Sir Hermann became the head of Churchill College in Cambridge. I became the Director of projects in Saudi Arabia [This would refer to King Saud University or King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. CV], and the satellite project [to do with NASA] was within my care. Also I was assigned the task of establishing a modern university. And complete tomorrow.