Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Crackpot cites crackpot

In an email, Shrink directs my attention to a paper by A.M. Selvam that repeatedly cites El Naschie's paper A review of E infinity theory and the mass spectrum of high energy particle physics, Chaos Solitons and Fractals vol. 19 (2004) pp. 209-236. For your enjoyment and amusement, here they are hosted on Scribd.

Paper by A M Selvam

This is one of El Naschie's most popular papers.
Review of E-Infinity Theory

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  1. whenever I see section 4 of the above paper and the statement of "with excellent agreement with the experiment..", I can not control myself...I just laugh..How did this thing continue to publish this garbage for all these years?

  2. Not even to mention artistic impressions in a scientific paper - that's laughable almost by definition.

    BTW: It seems A.M. Selvam is one of the CSF publishing acolytes of the Great Man. In the above paper he quotes 3 of his papers published in the Great Man's vanity journal. All in all he published 4 papers in it:

    Superstrings, Cantorian-fractal Spacetime and Quantum-like Chaos in Atmospheric Flows Original Research Article
    Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, Volume 10, Issue 8, 1 August 1999, Pages 1321-1334
    A.M Selvam, Suvarna Fadnavis

    Cantorian Fractal Spacetime, Quantum-like Chaos and Scale Relativity in Atmospheric Flows Original Research Article
    Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, Volume 10, Issue 9, September 1999, Pages 1577-1582
    A.M Selvam, Suvarna Fadnavis

    Cantorian Fractal Spacetime and Information in Neural Network of the Human Brain
    Original Research Article
    Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, Volume 10, Issue 1, January 1999, Pages 25-29
    A.M Selvam

    Critical fluctuation in daily incidence of acute myocardial infarction
    Original Research Article
    Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, Volume 11, Issue 8, June 2000, Pages 1175-1182
    A.M. Selvam, D. Sen, S.M.S. Mody

    The first three titles containing "Cantorian Fractal Spacetime" need no particular explanation, what about the last? Excerpt from its abstract:

    "The results found which mimic those obtained in quantum physics by El Naschie using the concept of Cantorian space ε(∞)/.../"


  3. Hey that city Pune is where I had a happyish childhood ! First we, well they ran out Bhagwash Rajneesh after he set up his ashram there, in the late 70s, now we have to worry about dupes or active participants of El Naschie.

    Incidentally, in my day "job", I was day-dreaming about fractal genomes - I'm still at the stage of "k-means clustering of blastn produced similar sequences", but I googled it and after a solid paper on the Shannon Information Index in genomes, started to see the crackpots, self-promoters and aggrandizers out there and then.. saw a paper from "Chaos Solitons and Fractals".

    The authors are: Bai-lin Hao a,*,1, H.C. Lee b, Shu-yu Zhang and it may well be a good paper for all I know ( yet) but I wonder if people realize how one's radar instantly switches on when CSF is in the frame.

    Keep up the good work.

  4. sk, thanks for your amusing remark! First the Rajneeshies, now the Naschieites, oh my. looks like an unmemorable but non-crackpot paper to me, not that I'm an expert. As you say, its being in CSF turns on the danger radar. I will be surprised if the relaunched journal survives long-term.

  5. Selvam wrote a book (Chaotic Climate Dynamics) in which he cites the Great Man, of course.

  6. The table of contents is full of E-infinity fractal nonsense. Perhaps El Naschie should call Selvam as an expert witness.