El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Wednesday, November 24. The New York Times and half-truths. Original Arabic or Google's English translation. Here it is with some manual cleanup by me. This is one of the most important Rosa columns ever, so I ask that Arabic readers make sure I haven't messed it up too badly:
I wondered a bit when I read an article or investigative journalism piece in the big American newspaper The New York Times on 14 November of this year concerning the classification of universities. Mr D.D. Guttenplan had earlier contacted me from Paris to ask my opinion of the subject and I felt at the outset it was a trap of the kind where you at first feel you are at home among friends and loved ones and suddenly find the house isn't your own but taken over by media clowns. After thinking about it I decided I should answer in writing and not on the phone as he wanted.
I told him that all these university classifications are nothing more than propaganda and totally worthless for developing countries, and as I explained to him there is a case brought by me against the scientific journal «Nature», and I explained to him about the University of Alexandria, which appears to have been the main reason he contacted me.
I persuaded myself that Mr. «Guttenplan» would not write the article but if he did it would be fair to the University of Alexandria and to me personally.
The reason for this belief was my unsuspicious nature and also because the journalist called me first and gave me a deadline to respond, and when I told him I generally do not like journalists, opportunists and the unscrupulous his reply was polite, asking me to have confidence in him.
So I was disappointed when I found he had published an article -- if not exactly hostile to the truth -- nonetheless unfair to Alexandria University, not to mention the lack of precision in the information and the expression of information in it.
Indeed we can say that what is being said regarding the University of Alexandria's prestigious classification to which the rank «174» [147?] was attached because of my honorary affiliation with Alexandria University, Faculty of Science - Department of Physics - this is nonsense and cheap clowning, for obvious reasons that I will explain more in this article. And I hope that readers will understand also that the article claims that the number 320 [self-published CSF papers] of my research papers swung the balance of power in favor of the University of Alexandria, which is something that is generally acceptable to the University, to be rated high as a result of scientific effort in the published literature for one person.
The reality, of course is completely different from that. I posted in my life nearly a thousand [!] scientific articles and literary and philosophical articles, of these articles there are nearly 600 scientific articles and of this number there are probably half in Engineering Science and Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, and the rest about science in quantum theory unifying forces, and the physics of higher energies, in addition to nuclear science and engineering as well as the technology of reactors and «Nanotechnology» [see below].
If there is any accurate estimate it's perhaps 300 research papers published in physics in the last twenty years about the time that I turned from engineering and engineering sciences to physical science theory. Note that I am basically an engineer. I was not involved in physics or mathematics except as one of my hobbies, although the most important; and I love my hobbies. They are most important to me. Especially after I decided to retire at the age of nearly forty, relatively early compared to most of my distinguished colleagues.
300 papers in about 20 years. This means 15 papers annually in any kind of research, or at most two papers per month. And this rate is above average in the Middle East because of circumstances known to most universities here but normal rate or even far below normal for advanced European countries and of course for the United States and Japan.
Continued tomorrow [as I have anticipated with "part 1" in the title].
There is so much baloney that I dare not mark it all with red interjections lest the article become unreadable. He seems unaware that his assertions about his publication record can easily be checked by anyone with an Internet connection.
I know of only one paper about "the technology of reactors", a nonsense E-infinity paper; and one about "nanotechnology", a policy paper, not a science paper: Nanotechnology for the developing world. CS&F v.30 (2006) pp 769-773.
Posts about D.D. Guttenplan:
- El Naschie makes the New York Times
- Email to D.D. Guttenplan and the New York Times
- Guttenplan fires back
- A short response to D.D. Guttenplan
- El Naschie on D.D. Guttenplan (part 1)
- El Naschie on D.D. Guttenplan (part 2)
- Guttenplan to try harder
- The D.D. Guttenplan piece in Arabic
- In Athens, El Naschie's the talk of the town