El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Thursday, November 25. Backdoor attack on Egypt. Original Arabic or Google's English translation. Below is my re-interpretation of Google's output.
So I got a PhD and published at least two or three times a month. That's how it went for the first five years. And then I also had my advisory work, and I headed major engineering projects, as well as teaching and supervising my students.
The years went by and I got a professorship and thought about retirement and practicing my hobbies full-time. I decided to create a unique scientific journal [Chaos, Solitons and Fractals], and succeeded, but heading the journal was a great burden for me to take care of by myself. I of course like dozens of other journal editors sent my submissions [to CSF] through the Special Secretariat in order to take advantage of criticism. While it is normal for submissions then to be forwarded to referees, mine were sent to at least five or six. Although most of them know at least my name and scientific reputation and that I am the founder of the branch of science that the paper is about. And founder and editor of the journal itself. There was nothing mysterious about the process. Just transparency and clarity to the whole process. As a professor I did not need promotion, nor did I need to finance and publish research outside my basic engineering field. It was just a hobby that I loved for knowledge's own sake. Theoretical physics in particular is a source of great pleasure for me.
There's no way the 15 or 20 papers of mine in one year could conceivably change the balance of academic assessment of the entire University in the same year. If the New York Times thinks otherwise they commit a shameful error. [That only 15 or 20 of his papers counted toward the ranking is false and he knows it.] I'm proud that I had a hand in raising the average level of Alexandria University and I think I lifted the level by no more than 5%. The rest of the credit is due to solid professors like Prof. Dr. Abdel Moneim Suleiman of the Department of Economics and Political Science, the great Arab artist and intellectual who at the same time is secretary of the think tank headed by His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al Faisal. And Dr. Ahmed Zewail is a graduate of the Faculty of Science, and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which has had a significant impact. [No, not included in the ranking.] Add to that the fact that the University of Alexandria is closely linked to the Beirut Arab University dedicated by the immortal president Gamal Abdel Nasser to the Arab people in Lebanon. The truth is I was privileged to give a public lecture, dedicated to him, at that university, and I was very proud that I delivered it in the hall of the eternal leader Gamal Abdel Nasser in Beirut, in the presence of the sister of the Prime Minister of Lebanon at that time, «Fouad Siniora». But the most important thing is the dozens of distinguished professors such as Dr. Esmat Zinedine, founder of the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Alexandria, that same department which the martyred Dr. Mohamed El Mashad was a member of [sic. he means Dr. Yehia El Mashad not Mohamed El Mashad. He was the head of the nuclear engineering department and then went to Iraq to work on their nuclear reactor project. He was assassinated in an hotel in Paris in 1980]. And Prof. Dr. Asser Ali Zaki - or Lord Asser Ali Zaki as I call him - and a large number of scientists and engineers of world-class status essential to the University of Cairo [sic. Alexandria, I think he means].
It really disturbed me to see the New York Times article repeat a satirical jibe at the University of Alexandria, saying it's not even the best university in Alexandria. It's impolite of them. The whole idea is to discredit Egypt by making fun of its scientists, most likely.
University of Alexandria is second only to Cairo University in size and tradition. There is no university in or near Alexandria to compete with it and the Mubarak City [for Science and Technology] think tank. A friend of mine from the Faculty of Science at Alexandria University, Prof. Mohamed El-Saadani, was its director briefly. There is a German saying «What cares the moon about creatures barking on the earth». May Alexandria University continue as the moon in the sky, leaving the bark on the ground. To be honest I felt sadness at the publishing in «Egyptian Today» [See Al Masry Al Youm hammers El Naschie] of this nonsense. My circumstances have allowed me to travel the Mediterranean coast, Portofino in Italy, Cannes in France, through the Costa del Sol in Spain to the shores of «Florida» in the United States in addition to «California». But I've never seen such beauty as that of Alexandria and her people.
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- 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
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