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How to Be a Science Journal Celebrity

Scientists who struggle to get their reports published, or to get anyone to pay attention to them, might consider the path blazed by Dr Mohamed El Naschie. El Naschie found an appreciative science journal editor. The editor subsequently published hundreds of El Naschie’s studies, and also made El Naschie a glamorous figure – featuring him in lavish photo-spreads in the company of famous scientists and powerful world leaders.

The science journal is called Chaos, Solitons & Fractals. Its founding editor-in-chief is Dr Mohamed El Naschie.

A 19-page pictorial in the August 2005 issue shows El Naschie in the company of numerous Nobel laureates, and also of many medals, plaques, certificates and floral arrangements.

There are four photos of him with Nobel laureate Gerardus ‘t Hooft, including one labelled: “El Naschie and ‘t Hooft received by Crown Prince Sultan in his palace in 2003”. We see him with Nobel laureate Gerd Binnig, and in two photos with Naguib Mahfouz. One of the latter is captioned “N Mahfouz, Nobel laureate in literature, the first Arabic-speaking novelist to receive this honour, together with Mohamed El Naschie in Cairo. Mohamed was asked by Mahfouz to explain to him his theory, which he valiantly tried.” …

So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian.

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