Most physics crackpots are engineers. More than 95% of my sample boast engineering degrees, or combine an undergraduate maths/physics degree followed by an engineering PhD or equivalent. This is not too surprising, as this may be the only kind of cursus that provides one with enough math background to understand the equations and formulae in the textbooks without actually studying maths and physics - which would show the crackpot why he’s misguided.
We sometimes call it Boyer's Law. But it has been noticed by others. Check out Category:Engineer woo and Engineers and woo on RationalWiki. "Woo" or "Woo-woo" is a disparaging name for pseudoscience or crackpottery. They give the etymological origin
the use of "woooooo!" as a reaction to dimmed lights or magic tricks
but I have always thought it was onomatopœia for the synthesized vocal effect you hear beginning at 0:30 in the old Star Trek intro
and in other productions of that era, to suggest exalted mystery.
Be that as it may, El Naschie is an Olympian in the pantheon of woo engineers.
Someone at RationalWiki ought to add a page for Dan Winter, whose work El Naschie finds "extremely stimulating".
Dan Winter also has an engineering PhD. So does Ji-Huan He.
Blogger keeps deleting my comment so I'm putting it here:
You must be an engineer.
El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Tuesday, December 14. Lawrence «Liar». Original Arabic or Google's English translation.
El Naschie writes with disdain about Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia. It's often hard to tell where he's going in these multi-part columns, but I'm guessing he's going to start complaining next about perfidious Albion foisting Israel upon the Arabs.
As far as I can tell neither
contains any useful information, nor any way of submitting new bugs. What bug reports I see on those pages are (1) months or years old, (2) unresolved, and (3) not editable by me.