Monday, November 1, 2010

El Naschie disses Times Higher Education

El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Tuesday, November 2. Knot theory. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.

El Naschie begins as usual by name-dropping. Today it's Cantor, Gödel and Bertrand Russel. Then he talks about knotted ropes being useful in theoretical physics, a claim our readers have sometimes ridiculed him for. But the most interesting sentence is the last, for which perhaps a reader can give a good translation. [See Hossam's comment below.] Egypt once had the most important universities in the world, he says. And he lashes out at "global companies [who] win millions by classifying universities".

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  1. Hi Jason, he's not exactly saying that Egypt had the most important universities. He was speaking about how the ancient Greek philosophers discussed the concept of infinity and then said "it seems that they were educated by the monks in the ancient Egyptian temples, which resembled at that time the most important universities in the world. And that doesn't need global companies that win millions of dollars from classifying universities"

  2. Excellent! Thanks very much for translating.

  3. Hi Jason,
    The title should be translated into Knot theory not contract theory.

  4. Excellent! Thank you.