Besides the odds-on favorite El Naschie, some lesser scientists have been mentioned as long-shots: Alain Aspect of France, John Clauser of the United States, Anton Zeilinger of Austria, Yakir Aharonov of Israel, and Michael Berry of Britain. Althought their work is not as paradigm-shifting as El Naschie's, they have the advantage of not being Muslim, named Mohamed, and carrying an Egyptian passport.
George W. Bush and the Mossad are known to have intervened to prevent El Naschie from winning on previous occasions.
The winner or winners in physics will be announced on October 4, after the Nobel Committee has received its instructions from Bibi Netanyahu. The awards ceremony will take place on December 10.