Saturday, February 11, 2012

El Naschie Watch drops to second place

This is just sad.

Result rankings are dependent on many factors including region, but I'm finding that the Google search for the great man's surname النشائي no longer has El Naschie Watch as the top result. We have been beaten by the execrable Arabic Wikipedia article about him, which, I observe, has become even more mendacious since I last saw it. Here's Google's English translation. If there is a single true statement in it I have not been able to find it. It begins

د. محمد النشائي عالم فيزياء نظرية ومهندس مصري، ورشح لجائزة نوبل 2006، وأستاذ الفيزياء النظرية بجامعة كمبردج البريطانية

Or in English

Dr. Mohamed El Naschie is a scientist of theoretical physics and an Egyptian engineer who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 2006, and is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the British University of Cambridge.

How many falsehoods can our readers find in that one sentence?

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  1. It was inevitable.

    Now that El Naschie (due to his presidential candidacy) is vastly covered by Egyptian/Arabic media, many people search for information about him and, unfortunately, Arabic speakers rely more on Arabic than English texts; some on the premise that English texts "can just be the evil western Google manipulating public opinion to dismiss the existence of any Egyptian scientists" (as Abdallah put it in his post, but then found it to be the mere truth). So, the entry on the Great Man on Arabic Wikipedia would be a sensible first read for Arabic speakers, but, unfortunately again, unsourced claims in the article are not challenged (e.g., "This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.") as is common practice on Wikipedia.

    I think it would be useful to translate Introduction to Mohamed El Naschie to Arabic. If our Arabic readers took some time to do the job, it would be great.

  2. It always bothers me to see people (El Naschie is not the only one, as a Google News search quickly reveals) claiming or others claiming for them that they have been nominated for a Nobel Prize. According to the well-established guidelines of the Nobel Foundation, nominations are not arbitrary (as in "HEY GUYS I'M GONNA WRITE A LETTER TO THE EMPEROR OF SWEDEN TO NOMINATE MY FRIEND!!!112") or public (as in "Hey, I've been allowed to nominate someone, so I nominated Joe, tell everyone!").

    "Nomination to the Nobel Prize in Physics is by invitation only. The Nobel Committee for Physics sends confidential forms to persons who are competent and qualified to nominate." []

    So, it's either a) lies that people claim (or someone claims for them) or b) someone entrusted with the requisite duties and responsibilities of being on a vetted nomination committee turns out to have little moral fiber (e.g., leaked the information) and the Nobel Foundation should reconsider the duties they've entrusted this person.

    TL;DR: You're either "a Noble Prize winner" or just Joe Average. There's not supposed to be a an in-between classification.

  3. That link:

    But El Naschie wasn't a Nobel nominee under even a weak technical standard of having had his name put forward by a Nobel committee member or previous recipient (and then having been secretly told, which is his implication). It's absurd. No actual scientist would nominate him, because he's an obvious crackpot. If you read his papers you discover that his knowledge of physics is at the level of a sophomore high school student who's read The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene.

    Even as a numerologist he is incompetent. See Numerology FAIL.

    To see El Naschie bob and weave about the Nobel Prize nomination question, watch Elbeet Beetak video 3/3 which has subtitles in several languages.