Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boy of Age 16 Asks Me about Relativity, etc.
17. What Is Golden Physics?


Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World explains methods to help distinguish between ideas that are considered valid science, and ideas that can be considered pseudoscience. — "The Demon-Haunted World," Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia (November 12, 2012 at 02:36).
A friend of mine on Twitter, Aaron (a pseudonym), is an overseas, 16-year old boy, who seriously admires Albert Einstein and wants to become a physicist. He continually writes me (Ted, also a pseudonym) questions about the theory of relativity and related topics, and I am sending answers. In this series of blog posts, those questions and answers are reproduced with modifications. I am not an expert in the fields of physics related to relativity. So, my answers might contain errors. If you find any error, please do not hesitate to write a comment for the benefit, not only of the boy and me, but also of other readers.

Aaron: I just wanted to ask you about golden physics. What is it?

Ted: I have never heard of the phrase "golden physics" and would like to confirm if you mean "golden age of physics." If you mean any other thing, please let me know where, or in relation to what, you got the phrase.

Aaron: Have you heard about the physicist Mohamed El Naschie? It is his theory.

Ted: I have heard the name Mohamed El Naschie for the first time and made a search on the Internet. The "Mohamed El Naschie" page (Ref. 1) of RationalWiki gives useful information. The essence is given below:

—Mohamed El Naschie is an Egyptian mathematician, physicist and engineer. He served as editor-in-chief of the journal Chaos, Solitons & Fractals. His research centers on a theory of everything called "E-infinity theory", a "fractal cosmology model" which he developed in 1994. El Naschie characterizes his theory as follows: "This models a harmonic production of quarks and elementary particles through a golden section [Note by Ted: Here "golden" appears] centered Cantorian fractal spacetime." El Naschie's theories are regarded as not even wrong by almost all physicists and mathematicians.—

The page mentioned has the link to the El Naschie Watch Web site (Ref. 2). This is the blog site that describes critically about this man in detail and includes the words, 'Dr. Mohamed El Naschie is pseudoscientist crackpot who makes grandiose claims about being a "paradigm-shifting" high-energy physicist' (Ref. 3). From the descriptions of his work on Ref. 1, I believe that the words "pseudoscientist crackpot" is quite true and do not recommend you to learn about his physics.

(See also Ref. 4, which probably appeared after my original reply had been written.)

References
  1. "Mohamed El Naschie," RationalWiki (August 21, 2012, at 16:56).
  2. El Naschie Watch, Blog site.
  3. "Introduction to Mohamed El Naschie," El Naschie Watch (May 6, 2010).
  4. "Mohamed El Naschie," Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia (December 13, 2012 at 12:58).
(Originally written on September 16 and 17, 2011)

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