Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Equivocal quote from the first Arnold paper

P. Balaram. Citations, Impact Indices and the Fabric of Science. Current Science, Vol. 99, No. 7, 10 October 2010 (PDF).

Here is the only interesting part:

In a commentary on the ‘state of scholarly publishing’, Douglas Arnold, president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics draws a damaging conclusion: ‘. . . common bibliometrics – such as the impact factor for journals and citation counts for authors – are easily manipulated’ (Siam News, 2009, 42, 1). He argues that ‘their use in ranking and judging should be curtailed’. Arnold’s concerns are based on cases of both editor and journal misconduct. He cites the case of the journals Chaos, Solitons and Fractals (Elsevier) and International Journal of Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation (Freund Publishing), in which the editors [note M.S. El Naschie and Ji-Huan He are unnamed] ‘publish copiously, not only in their own journals but also in each other’s, and they cite each other frequently’.

It is a shame that Arnold's latest paper is not mentioned; perhaps it appeared too late. But Balaram should have named the citation scammers as Arnold did. I am getting sick and tired of craven, gutless reporting that fails to name them.

Other gutless wonders:

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  1. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Wednesday, October 13. Mathematical creation of the universe. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.

    El Naschie talks more about physicist Paul Dirac whose Dirac Equation in 1928 predicted the existence of antiparticles of spin 1/2 particles like the electron. The positron was discovered in 1932 (by Carl D. Anderson in 1932, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1936) and Dirac shared the 1933 Physics Nobel with Erwin Schrödinger.

    El Naschie emphasizes that "Dirac was an electrical engineer before he first studied physics" implicitly comparing himself to Dirac. El Naschie has a doctorate in structural or civil engineering, but no math or physics degree, not even an undergraduate one.

    El Naschie, who frequently claims to deserve a Nobel many times over, and to have been nominated for it, says Dirac "won a lot more than just the Nobel Prize, he won the respect of all scientists and intellectuals".

    He concludes on a completely different tangent, comparing scientific courage to political courage, such as the decision of the Republic of Egypt to pursue peace and justice.

  2. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Thursday, October 14. Time the positive and negative time. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.

    El Naschie name-drops several figures in literature and the arts, to introduce the notion of time, which is what he talks about today. Time with a negative sign means time measured backwards from the present, he says, and this is analogous to Dirac's anti-matter from yesterday's column. He mentions time-reversibility and entropy, and says a positron is a time-reversed electron.

    Then he mentions The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.

    This column was probably intended to be published not on Thursday but on Friday, because he says he's going to talk "the day after tomorrow" about the collapse of the quantum-mechanical wave function. There is a column every day but Saturday.