Thursday, November 3, 2011

Vintage El Naschie twaddle

Almost twenty years old! Scribd user bhokan1 has uploaded El Naschie's Multi-dimensional Cantor Sets in Classical and Quantum Mechanics, Chaos, Solitons and Fractals Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 211-220, 1992. It shows that El Naschie began publishing meaningless numerological garbage almost as soon as he established his vanity journal. This wretched work clearly had no peer review worthy of the name. There is so much wrong with this paper that criticizing a couple of specific errors as I am about to do may give a false impression that the bulk of the paper is better. It isn't, I just don't want to waste my time.

Boscovich Scale Covariance Cantor Sets, Hilbert Space

Look at the first displayed equation in section 3. THE M-B STATISTICS. The symbol n is used in mutually contradictory ways in that one equation. It is simultaneously an indexed variable, and the final value of the index. Also read the remainder of the sentence containing that equation. El Naschie believes that certain integers are subsets of another integer. That doesn't mean anything. Notice also that the symbol i is summed over on the right-hand side, but dangles freely on the left-hand side.

It cracks me up that this travesty of a paper has two appendices. Not sure why that's funny but it is. Anyway, El Naschie's chronic misunderstanding about what things are persists all the way through to the second appendix, where he writes "log 2/log 3 is of course the simplest possible Cantor set", confusing a number with a set.

The whole paper is like that.

El Naschie cites himself repeatedly, and Otto E. Rössler once. The tone is pompous throughout, and the name-dropping is reminiscent of his dearly missed Rosa Al-Youssef columns. After running out of mathematicians and physicists, he name-drops philosophers "Heideger, Sartre etc." Yes, he actually said "etc."

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