Saturday, January 8, 2011

Thilo Kuessner on Gerardo Iovane, and more

Thilo shares our skepticism of Iovane, calling him "an alleged cryptography and primes expert".

Original German Mit Klangwellen gegen sensorische Abhängigkeit, Plagiarismus und Gedankenkontrolle or Google's English translation With sound waves to sensory function, plagiarism and mind control.

Also, El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Sunday, January 9. Alexandria crime... The origin of the disease. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.

El Naschie talks about the New Year's bombing of a Coptic Orthodox Christian church in Egypt. Two dozen have died so far and a hundred or so were injured. Under the circumstances, his comment is disgustingly inappropriate:

Egypt is not in the urgent need for any houses of worship.
Hansi thinks that Journal of Applied Mathematics, a Slovakian journal with Iovane's coauthors on the editorial board, in which he published a paper we examined in our previous post, is not very prestigious.

Finally, a connection I should have made. How useful would it be to write Iovane's department, as we wrote to Ji-Huan he's journals? Hold on to your chair. Iovane's coauthor, Saverio Salerno, in the 2005 paper Iovane G. and Salerno S., Dynamical Systems on Cantorian spacetime and applications (PDF), WSEAS Transactions on Mathematics, is... Iovane's head of department!

A reader tells us that WSEAS is a purveyor of scam journals, and links to an amusing Important Message for SIAM Members. "I am sure you'd be able to find J.-H. He on some WSEAS editorial boards, if you can manage to not kill yourself after attempting to browse their websites for more than a minute" he says.

Posts about Prof. Gerardo Iovane:

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  1. A note about WSEAS. It is a scam publisher, with scam journals. Here's one example of their unethical behavior (so bad, SIAM has a link on their main page with the text "**Important Message for SIAM Members**"):

    I am sure you'd be able to find J.-H. He on some WSEAS editorial boards, if you can manage to not kill yourself after attempting to browse their websites for more than a minute.

  2. jason wrote:
    Dynamical Systems on Cantorian spacetime and applications (PDF),
    end quote.

    As a physicist with some mathematical background, I would say that the formulas (not the text, which has further errors and misleading accusations on el naschie's model) up to section 3 are mostly just known trivialities.

    The problematic physical part then begins with section 3, where they write:

    Iovane and salerno wrote:
    Theorem 6: The structures of the Universe appear as if they were a classically self-similar random process at all astrophysical scales. The characteristic length scale has a self-similar expression
    R(N)=h/(m_n c)*N^vartheta,
    where the mass M is the mass of the structure, m_n is the mass of a nucleon, N is the number of nucleons into the structure and vartheta is the Golden Mean value.
    end quote.

    This is only stated but neither derived nor proven.

    The authors would have to show that they get ordinary relativity theory in the macroscopic limit from their model.

    But they fail. In Eqs. (30)-(33) they are just writing about "post newtonian limits" and a "gravitational potential". Below Eq. (32) they write:

    Iovane and Salerno wrote:
    In other words, any higher order correction to Einstein's gravity gives a Yukawa's contribution to the Newtonian potential.
    end quote.

    But this is just plainly wrong. However, their considerations seem to depend on this.

    the assumption of a gravitational potential can only be made in weak gravitational fields. In fact, for weak fields, you can use gravitational potentials even when pure newtonian mechanics does not suffice anymore.

    But in general, this does not hold. Especially, it won't hold for general cosmological models like the Friedmann–Lemaître–Robertson–Walker metric, which our universe likely belongs to.

    As a result, the considerations of the authors are wrong.

    The authors then go on, writing trivialities on harmonic oscillators.

    Finally, the authors close their article with misleading claims about their results.

    Actually, this paper is just a scam. It is packed full of errors and nonsense, making misleading claims in the dozen.

    Furthermore, it seems that the authors did not manage to consider the current serious research on cosmology and quantum gravity. Extending general relativity is a difficult business, where, after some point, high level techniques of quantum field theory and differential geometry must be used.

    The authors of this paper here seem still to be stuck by mathematical and physical trivialities that one hears in a typical undergraduate course.

    None of the important modern geometrical methods that are relevant to general relativity, and no advanced quantum field theoretical methods are used.

    If I did not know the authors were actually professors, I would think they were undergraduate students who dramatically overrate their abillities and then try something wrong.

  3. Thank you, Hansi. So Iovane's physics is as shoddy as his math. I also had the impression of an overreaching undergraduate. The security expert who tipped me off doesn't think much of his credentials in that area either. As an Italian tenured associate professor he's unassailable. We can do no more than embarrass him and prevent his promotion to full professor.

  4. Jason wrote:
    So Iovane's physics is as shoddy as his math
    end quote.

    One must differentiate here. Perhaps he is a physicist who is just not trained in fundamental topics, such as quantum field theory, general relativity theory or cosmology.

    On his CV, he writes:

    Research Line A – Analytical problems for porous materials and periodical structures

    Which seems to be more related to condensed matter physics.
    Perhaps iovane was just trained for doing computer simulations on the periodical structures of some solids during his phd and diploma studies.

    Usually, however, people doing computerphysics around condensed matter problems are not specialised mathematical phyisicists.

    After all, one can do solid state simulations by knowing not much about math, differential geometry, quantum field theory, or cosmology.

    In fact, iovane has such publications. For example:


    I can not judge this material as I do not understand much about solid state physics. But for me, it looks much more "solid" and correct than iovane's cosmology nonsense

  5. Ok. Good explanation.

  6. here are all his arxiv papers:,math/1/au:+Iovane_G/0/1/0/all/0/1

    strange look only the journal names of most of them. Even the solid state papers have journal refs like Ukcrainian Mat.Jour or Rev.Roum.Sci.Tech.-Mec.Appl

    When does someone submit a paper to an ukrainian or roumenian journal, if he does not come from there? Those journals are rarely read. It is likely that more prestigious papers rejected even those articles.

  7. on the other hand, I do not see fundamental errors in papers like:

    accepted by International Journal of Engineering Science


    Proceedings of the 3-rd Russian Conference on Elasticity, 2003,Rostov-on-Don, Russia

    I think russian engineers as well as russian mathematicians and theoretical physicists are not that bad. But I am not an expert on this material, so I can not judge it.

  8. Also, this iovane paper:

    seems, at least for me, very likely to be correct.

    I think Iovane should stick to what he was trained in.

    Iovane should immediately stop his e-infinity and prime number nonsense. Instead, he should continue his old research on porous materials and periodical structures. At now, it seems that everything Iovane tried besides that was simply wrong.

  9. Iovane has also other papers on the arxiv:

    Apparently, this was related to his phd work. It seems that iovane is a trained high-energy EXPERIMENTALIST.

    It is clear that you can not expect too much math from such a guy.

    He apparently made some work in connection with neutrino oscillations.

    I remember that once upon a time, I took a guided tour in a laboratory. This laboratory had, among other things, a group of scientists who created detectors for neutrino oscillations.

    The problem with those detectors is that they must be carefully shielded against external influences. Furthermore, one must be absolutely sure that what they measure are neutrinos, and nothing else. This is a time consuming process.

    As neutrino oscillations are one of the rare exceptions where one has evidence for physics beyond the standard model, one could think that neutrino oscillations would be an exciting topic and a good entry point for an experimental high energy physicist starting a carreer.

    However, our tourguide just slightly shook his head and told:

    "The phd students involved in this experiments usually do not see any results connected to particle physics. The real experiment will only begin long after the currently working phd students have already finished their thesis.

    At the moment, the phd students just have to test whether the detector is insensitive to side effects that are not connected to neutrino physics. This tests must be very carefully made and take a long time.

    As the current phd's arenot involved in measuring real data on neutrino physics beyond the standard model, their jobs can be considered as typical ejection seats.

    Almost none of those people will get the chance of a later scientific carrer in elementary particle physics."

    Well, this is what our tourguide told us, as we moved along the large experimental hall.
    He was an old and experienced guy. Not a professor, but someone, who had quite a few papers and apparently a good experimental ability.

    It seems that Iovane had the same fate, as was predicted by our tourguide for most neutrino experimentals. Apparently, Iovane was pulled of high-energy physics and had to move somewhere else.

    With the little bit of knowledge in differential equations that an experimental physicist usually has, Iovana managed to write correct papers in theoretical mechanics.

    And as those problems were solved, and as Iovane became more independent, he went nuts.

    From then on, Iovane completed a crackpot math phd on El Naschie's e-infinity "theory". Iovane then even wanted to become a number theory expert without knowing anything about number theory, or even the basics of real mathematics.

  10. Prof.Iovane is an honest and pure man. You are wrong! He published more than 150 papers in different fields due to he makes computational and modeling. So you find applications in particle physics, nuclear physics, mechanics of medium, security, image processing and so on. If some models of other researcher are wrong this not means that also Iovane’s modeling or computing is wrong.

    You are doing a very bad scouting work, since you just take paper on a single topic, that is El Naschie, while his production is interdisciplinary and wide due to the “transversality” of applications in which he can applied his models or computing algorithms.








    8 (G.Iovane or Gerardo Iovane)



    11 (G.Iovane or Gerardo Iovane)

    His expertise is on modeling, simulations and algorithms, he is not a theoretical physics. For this reason he obtained is research position in mathematical-physics, and professorship in mathematical analysis. In his scientific community he is very appreciated as very eclecticism and good scientist. He makes beautiful application in industrial context of security, image processing applied to recognition, decision support systems, and so on and he obtain formal recognition from Italian Institutions.

    He is a Knight of Italian Republic. This is a honor or a recognition given to very honest and pure man which spend time not only for himself but for the State, and people. This prize is given directly by the President of Italian Republic;


    I found this is information for you, since I belive that prof.Iovane does not merit the place and the image that you are giving on your blob. You must distinguish him from other people that you considered in the past and that I do not know.

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  12. Duplicate comment removed.

  13. A quick analysis of the articles listed above:

    1 The articles are self-cited or not cited.
    The "Applied Mathematical Modelling" is not indexed in SCI (by Thomson Reuters).

    2 The "Journal of Mining Science" is not indexed in SCI (by Thomson Reuters).

    3 The article is self-cited.

    4 The "Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids" is not indexed in SCI (by Thomson Reuters).

    5 The article is self-cited.

    8 2 of the 3 articles are not cited at all.

    9 The article is not cited.

    10 The article is not cited. The "Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics" is not indexed in SCI (by Thomson Reuters).

    11 Duplicated entry of 8

  14. Journals under 1, 2 and 4 are indexed in SCI Expanded.


  16. @shrink: that those journals are not in sci expanded or that they are not cited does not say much. Remember John baez complaining his favourite cathegory journal was not in sci expanded but el naschie's journal was.

    Also, math journals, and even applied math journals, are all famous for their very low impact factors. So it is normal that such papers are not cited.

    mathematics, even applied mathematics, is not particle physics where people get cited in dozens.

    Unless someone shows me errors in

    I do not see any reason not to believe that iovane, in the past, was able to do correct work.

    It seems only recently, where Iovane, a former trained experimental physicists, did a crackpot mathematic phd on el-naschie's theory and tried to work on it, as well as on number theory, cryptography, or image algorithms.

    I think, iovane should retract his math phd, as well as all his articles on e-infinity theory, number theory, cryptography, and image algorithms. Finally, Iovane should stop working on those topics.

    Then he should continue at where he was able to produce correct research:

    numerical methods for solids.

  17. "Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics" is the English translation of the eminent Russian journal "Prikladnaya Matematika i Mekhanika". Perhaps it is listed in ISI under its Russian name, or in cyrillic. It is certainly a good journal, on average, and very well-known.

    Just to play devil's advocate for a second: Arnold has painstakingly explained why determining impact of mathematical works based on citations is bunk science. So, it is not clear whether the comment above says anything (good or bad) about the papers.

    IJNSNS is in SCI, shall we now start respecting it?

    Another comment: I saw an engineering paper above co-authored with M. Ciarletta. Ciarletta is an established scientist in mechanics. Could Iovane be what is called a "guest author" on some of these engineering papers?

  18. I am curious: could someone point out the papers he wrote on image processing algorithms? Are they also somehow based on the E-infinity theory of everything?

  19. Hansi: Half of the articles listed above are published in the journals in the field of engineering and are also poorly cited (mainly by his friends) or just self-cited. Iovane is clearly not a respected scientist/expert in those fields either - his defenders think the opposite, of course.

    Anonymous: I've checked for its ISSN number and it's not indexed. As for the impact factor: the readers of this blog, as do I, agree with you that it's not an indicator of the quality of a journal, because we are quite well informed of the shenanigans of M. El Naschie and J. H. He regarding it. The checking of the journals was just a plain exercise - as I did it for the master list of Ji Huan He's journals.

  20. To Anonymous January 9, 2011 4:22 AM,
    If Gerardo Ivovane has produced about 22 papers based on El naschie E-infinity theory and solely published on Chaos soltion and Fractals (CS&F) without realizing that El naschie's theory is nonsense. That only means that the great Gerardo Iovane doesn't know physics nor mathematics. It doesn't need much knowledge of physics and mathematics to realize that the El naschie's work is nonsense. El naschie's fraudulence is evident even for nonspecialist. You can check yourself.

    Moreover Gerardo Iovane has not only produced papers based on El naschie's theory but he supervised a Phd. thesis devoted to El naschie's theory.

    It has further consequence that the man is dishonest and his assumed knowledge of math and physics is a superficial one. The man just want to inflate his list of publications by doing junk science. It might be possible that some nonspecialist people get impressed by his long list of publications because they can't go through it to check.

    It happened that some people could get even international fame through sheeting and doing fake science. But finally when they are found out, they are fired.

    You amuse your self by this story
    Big trouble in the world of "Big Physics"
    Where the hero of the story was offered to become a director at the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

  21. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Monday, January 10. Hunters in troubled waters. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.

    El Naschie condemns the New Year bombing at considerable length. He praises Mubarak, whose voice showed he was very troubled by the bombing. He says religious intolerance is an Israeli thing, not an Egyptian one. He says he loves Egypt and refuses to let the enemies of humanity gloat over the dismantling of five thousand years of civilization.

  22. @shrink:
    shring qrote
    Hansi: Half of the articles listed above are published in the journals in the field of engineering and are also poorly cited
    end quote.

    As far as I know, engineering journals also have low impact factors. I do not know why, but in german rankings of universities, the count of citations is used as an indicator for all sciences. Just with the exception of the humanities (who, in germany, insist to write books) and engineering science.

    And furthermore, if math journal have low impact factors in general, then an engineering journal that publishes numerical solutions for some differential equations is also likely to have low impact factors.

    @Zahy: I fully agree with you, that it seems Iovane, who produced correct engineering papers, apparently wanted to inflant his publication list by extending his research in subjects where he did not kow anything and by explicitely publishing nonsense papers. Iovanes articles on e-infinity theory, number theory, cryptography and image processing algorithms are clearly nonsense.

  23. @anonymous who is curious about iovanes image processing articles:

    Some seem to be here:

    In my opinion, those "papers" are clearly a scam to fool some naive investors who want to give away their money.

  24. Anonymous (Hansi, I suppose):

    It's true that on average engineering journals have low IF, too, but for such an "acclaimed author" as Iovane I would expect more than average number of citations.

    The count of citations is widely used for ranking in science but - as the cases of El Naschie and He show - such a metric can be easily manipulated.