Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Upcoming conferences

Jot these down in your appointment book.

As we noted recently in 4th Symposium on Nonlinear Crackpottery, Ji-Huan He's 4th International Symposium on Nonlinear Dynamics will be held on October 27 to 30, 2012 in Suzhou, China.

Today I found in my inbox an invitation to a conference sponsored by the International Foundation for Modern Education and Scientific Research (INFOMESR) to be held in Cairo, Egypt from 23 to 27 December 2012. (The MESR part of the acronym is cooked up to sound like the Arabic word for Egypt.) There is so far no information on INFOMESR attendees. Perhaps this is a serious conference, I don't know.

Shrink directs our attention to the Nostradamus Conference to be held 5 to 7 September 2012 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. Why anyone would name a serious scientific conference after Nostradamus is a mystery.

The notorious black-hole apocalypse scaremonger Otto E. Rössler, in collaboration with Ali Sanayei, will be giving an invited talk there:

Topic: The Conservative Revolution in Physics: Thermodynamics no longer Alone as Fundamental Classical Discipline


Rudolf Clausius formulated the fundamental notions of entropy and the virial in deterministic statistical mechanics. As it turns out, deterministic statistical mechanics is twice as big as this was believed for 150 years. Thermodynamics is only half of the ticket. The second half - known in bits and pieces since 1929 - was recently called "cryodynamics" (with cryós, cold replacing thermós, hot). The latter deterministic discipline likewise allows for a deterministic entropy S, governed by the same formula as valid in deterministic statistical thermodynamics. Only that S is here strictly decreasing rather than strictly increasing. Both disciplines, taken together for the first time, allow for an eternal non-time-directed universe, without visible creation and annihilation event. The "road to reality" (a phrase due to R. Penrose) suddenly is much more convincing. The next task is to complement the decisive numerical work, done on two particles in formally one dimension in a PhD thesis by K. Sonnleitner in 2010, by a richer set of examples. The fundamental work of Hans H. Diebner (time-dependent entropy equation described and tested on 100 particles in 1998) will be a decisive instrument. While it is tempting to look at cosmology in the new context, this temptation does not need to be followed before the new combined discipline has been established in its own right in its full extension. Nevertheless it is already allowed, of course, to think also of implications that will hopefully allow one to stabilize the ITER project (and others) of hot fusion. The fact that the theory employed up until now has been only a "half theory" will predictably improve performance after the repair of this defect.

So far, no grant agency has shown interest. But it is with pleasure that we recall a friendly if waiting response from the Solvay Foundation in 2004. Ilya Prigogine was a good friend of one of the authors and provided encouragement to the first - still groping - publication in 2003. For J.O.R.

Notice the focus on cryodynamics and the Sonnleitner thesis. We looked at those recently in A thesis under Otto Rössler's supervision. Rössler also promotes what he calls "the fundamental work of Hans H. Diebner" whom we looked at some time ago in Otto E. Rössler's student Hans H. Diebner. Rössler says that El Naschie's "teacher", Nobel Laureate Ilya Prigogine, was his good friend and encouraged this line of investigation.

Another invited speaker, Oldřich Zmeškal, in a talk called "Entropy of Fractal Systems", seems hell-bent on discrediting himself by connecting his work with the Golden Mean and El Naschie's E-infinity theory.

The Selected Papers page shows several books and journals where the proceedings will be published. Amazingly, the Elsevier journal Computers and Mathematics with Applications (CMA), which just fired its old editor-in-chief for publishing nonsense papers, is scheduled to publish some of this new nonsense. Does the new editor-in-chief, Leszek Demkowicz, know about this? Let's see whether CMA disappears from that page.

Not content to let Elsevier enjoy all the ignominy, Springer is joining the masochistic orgy of nonsense-publishing.

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  1. INFOMESR linked in the text seems to have gone kaput.