Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Tale of Two Kleins

These are strangely apropos. We have here, courtesy of Zahy, a pair of pleasantly discursive papers. El Naschie describes the first of them as "motivated initially by a frequent and harmless confusion between the names of two prominent scientists, Felix Klein and Oskar Klein" but in the second paper he corrects himself, saying he should have referred to "The [sic. A] tale of two Kleins and two Kaluzas". He tells an anecdote about his oral examination with Prof. Kaluza, a Göttingen math professor (not Theodor Kaluza the physicist whose name is attached to Kaluza-Klein theory). Prof. Kaluza was visiting El Naschie's school, Technische Hochschule Hannover, at the time. A bit confusing.


Anyway, El Naschie Watch readers will enjoy these papers for their autobiographical details of the great man, as well as the shameless and incessant name dropping for which El Naschie is famous.

First we have M.S. El Naschie, Kaluza–Klein and Felix Klein: The stringy relationship with the portrait of the artist as a young man, Chaos, Solitons and Fractals Vol 25 (2005) pp 911–913.

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Then we have M.S. El Naschie, A tale of two Kleins unified in strings and E-infinity theory, Chaos, Solitons and Fractals Vol 26 (2005) pp 247–254. The caption of Fig 4 refers to work done "in co-operation with Prof. S. Al Athel and Prof A. Walker". The latter is Alastair Walker who readers will recall from Philosophy of Sir Hermann Bondi. The former is a co-author of El Naschie who wrote with him a paper applying El Naschie's crackpot E-infinity theory to nuclear reactor design, a terrifying prospect.

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