Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dueling lectures at American University in Cairo

Readers will recall that the crackpot El Naschie is suing Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail for stealing his ideas. Clearly he doesn't want Zewail to get all the attention.

The front page of American University in Cairo's website has this announcement:

Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail to Inaugurate Zewail Foundation Public Lecture Series at AUC

Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail, Linus Pauling Chair professor of chemistry and professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology, and member of AUC’s Board of Trustees, will deliver the first lecture of the Zewail Foundation Public Lecture Series in Science and Culture, established by the Zewail Foundation for Knowledge and Development. The lecture will be titled, “Misr Al Amal,” (Egypt is the Hope), and will be delivered in Arabic.
Ewart Memorial Hall
June 2, 2011
5:30 pm

The Events Calendar confirms that Zewail will lecture on Thursday of this week, and also shows that El Naschie gave a lecture on May 19:

Lecture by Mohamed El Naschie
Event Type: Lecture
Location: Room CP 29, School of Sciences and Engineering

Thursday, May 19, 2011
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Public Events,Student Life Calendar
Department: Physics
Dr. Mohamed El Naschie, Fellow at the Institute of Physics in England will deliver a lecture titled "Set Theoretical foundations of Quantum Mechanics."
This Event is open to::the public

These posters are from Mohamed Mustafa's blog. Click for full size. The first one is apparently for the May 19 lecture. I can't find an official AUC announcement for the second. Neither poster gives time and place information, so they are not too useful to potential attendees. What a peculiar oversight.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about these is that El Naschie has been almost truthful in giving his affiliations. He does indeed have a faculty position in the Alexandria University physics department. It is also true that he is a Distinguished Fellow of the Frankfurt Association for the Advancement of Fundamental Research in Physics. Notice however that he could not help himself adding "Faculty of Physics, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University of Frankfurt, Germany" which is not true at all. See Fortasse pecunia olet interdum for the full story. All El Naschie did was contribute some money to their physics department; he's trying to make it sound like he's faculty.

The May 19 announcement called El Naschie a "Fellow at the Institute of Physics in England" and this also is true, but the Institute of Physics is not an academic organization. It is a publishing one. Oh well, the journey to honesty for El Naschie begins with hesitant baby steps. He should be encouraged, not criticized. At least he's no longer claiming to be from the University of Cambridge Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

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  1. Actually, IOP Publishing is just one part of the Institute of Physics. They do award fellowships ("FInstP" title); see, e.g., http://www.iopblog.org/institute-physics-names-honorary-fellows/

    However, I am very doubtful The Great Man's crackpottery got him a fellowship there. Unfortunately, I cannot find a complete listing of their fellows. It seems more of a "pat on the back" kind of thing, not akin to fellowship in, say, the Royal Society.

  2. OK, thank you for the clarification. Here's the blog link you gave:


    Here's the main IOP site with the "About the IOP" blurb saying:

    "We are a scientific charity devoted to increasing the practice, understanding and application of physics. We are a leading communicator of physics to all audiences, from specialists to the general public."

    They are not associated with any university is what I should have said. They do have several kinds of memberships including "Fellow" which "Indicates a very high level of achievement in physics and an outstanding contribution to the profession" and El Naschie is unlikely to be a Fellow as he claims. If he is it's a comical error. Of course El Naschie Watch would be grateful for a list of IOP Fellows if anyone can get it.