Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The El Naschie ranking scam story spreads

Surprise Showing of Egyptian University Casts Spotlight on Rankings Methodology

It's just one paragraph:

November 15, 2010, 5:00 pm

The surprise showing of Alexandria University, in Egypt, at 147th place in the Times Higher Education’s recent tabulation of the world’s top universities has cast a spotlight on the “questionable science” behind university rankings, The New York Times reports. The university was the only Arab institution in the top 200, and its showing was the result of the prolific output of a single scholar, Mohamed El Naschie, an Egyptian academic “who published over 320 of his own articles in a scientific journal of which he was also the editor.” A single academic’s ability to skew the results so significantly raises questions about the methodology behind the rankings.

It was El Nasche Watch that carried the torch on this issue, but we will never be mentioned. Unless perhaps to be accused of racism.

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  1. El Naschie's shenanigans noted in Croatia. Original Croatian or Google's English translation.

  2. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Wednsday, November 17. America... Kovads? Original Arabic or Google's English translation.

    El Naschie frets about the recent mid-term elections in the US in which the Democrats lost their House majority. He says G.W. Bush is egotistical, crazy, evil and stupid. He recommends Noam Chomsky. "Obama will go down in history not only as the first man of African origin governing United States but as greatest American President in history", he concludes.

  3. Jason,
    You didn't follow up Elnaschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Thursday, November 18.
    He mentioned that Thomas Kapitaniak was his Ph.D student. This Thomas was mentioned in this blog on

    More information on Thomas can be found on
    You will find on his awards
    King Abdul Aziz City of Science and Technology Award Fellowship – 1990.
    --I think that it is there where he was connected to El naschie.

    Another book for Thomas is
    Chaotic oscillators: theory and applications, which is a collection of papers. You will find him authored with El naschie in physics letter A. You will find also there, in this collection, Al Athel authored with El naschie but not on using E-infinity for nuclear reactor design. There also you will find Rosseler.

    I think it could be verified easily if Thomas was a Ph.D. student of the great man or not.

  4. Wow, great detective work Zahy. That's two possible doctoral students we know of then, the other being Ayman Elokaby.

  5. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Thursday, November 18. Frederic Chopin. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.

    Zahy has handled today's summary, so I'll just liven his links



    and add that El Naschie name-drops classical musicians Chopin, Bach, Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner and a couple I don't recognize; as well as mathematicians Cantor, Banach, Tarski and Sierpinski.

  6. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Friday, November 19. Home is where the heart is. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.

    El Naschie, who has said before that he worked at Los Alamos, now says that he learned a great deal from Stanislaw Ulam, father of the hydrogen bomb. Ulam, who died in 1984, had no comment.

    El Naschie mentions Thomas Kapitaniak again. Kapitaniak may have been El Naschie's PhD student.

    He tells of a conversation with the widow of Thomas Barta, El Naschie's thesis advisor.

    He concludes by comparing his love of Egypt with Chopin's love of Poland.

  7. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Sunday, November 21. Marxism Sartre. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.

    Playwright Bertolt Brecht, philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, and Polish leader Władysław Sikorski are among the names El Naschie drops today. He talks about communism. He says he flew to Poland to deliver some lectures, presumably on E-infinity theory. This is apparently still setting the stage to say something about Thomas Kapitaniak, who he calls his dear friend. Continued tomorrow.

  8. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Monday, November 22. Vatican and the Holocaust. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.

    This is too obscure. When he was student in Hanover he used to get free or cheap theater tickets, he says. He's dropping the names of playwrights whose names I don't recognize. «Aaron Bskatur»? «Rolf Hoxhot» must be Rolf Hochhuth but I've never heard of him either. Wikipedia says he was a defender of Holocaust denier David Irving, so this has something to do with an accusation of collusion with the Nazis by Pope Pius XII.

    There's a 1967 play called Soldiers, Necrology on Geneva by Rolf Hochhuth, and Thomas Kapitaniak was interviewed about it? Involved with it? I don't know. El Naschie concludes by saying that Winston Churchill may have assassinated Władysław Sikorski. Most obscure column ever, to me. Understanding the output from Google Translate is facilitated by having knowledge of the subject matter, but today I just don't.

  9. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Tuesday, November 23. Incriminating documents Churchill. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.

    El Naschie says there are some sealed documents that the British have concerning Churchill's alleged assassination of Władysław Sikorski. And he says rather snarkily that people should think about that when they read in certain private (i.e., anti-Mubarak) newspapers that the Egyptian government lacks transparency. He mentions David Irving's legal troubles in Austria for Holocaust denial. He says he went to a restaurant in Poland (with his friend Thomas Kapitaniak I think) called «Onatenka», serving excellent Middle Eastern cuisine.

  10. The great man is getting more and more boring in his column. I don't know what happened!!!!

  11. I know, Zahy!!! Come on Mo, if you're reading this, we want more autobiography and more E-infinity theory.