Right off the bat, I love The Matrix. It’s one of my all-time favorite sci-fi movies (along with The Animatrix… the sequels suck) and was one of the first films that got me into the genre of sci-fi and still feels very nostalgic to me (I saw it on video when I was twelve). On … Continue reading „Dodge this“ …. Okay!
Over a year prior to finishing my PhD I have been hunting for postdoc positions in the field of astrochemistry. I have written a bunch of grant applications (including Marie Curie fellowhsips and VENIs) and gotten a whole lot of disheartening rejections. Recently I came across a pretty good quote that was supposedly by former … Continue reading Next stop: SOLEIL
The short answer: Chemistry in space. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? A completely unbiased answer would be: “Yes”. But in all seriousness, for me personally, this is indeed the case. In my view, astrochemistry abides by the abstract. Weird chemistry. Chemistry that, to the novice, makes absolutely no sense. In a sense it constitutes a “chemical objet … Continue reading What is astrochemistry?
Mathematical Curiosities by Alfred S. Posamentier & Ingmar Lehmann I promise not to tell a lie. I found this book a bit frustrating to read. The frustration stems from the fact that half of the time I was mesmerized by the mathematical curiosities promised by the title while the other half of the time I … Continue reading Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove of Unexpected Entertainments
In January this year I set myself high goals. Maybe even lofty ones. Some I have managed to achieve splendidly, others... not so much. One of my resolutions in the New Year was to allot time every Sunday to write for the purposes of this website-blog-thinga-majigg. This essay has turned out to be rather cumbersome, … Continue reading Reevaluations of the adjunct vagabond
Women in Science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world by Rachel Ignotofsky Fact #1. The history of scientific discovery is a vast sausage fest, layered with facial hair of varying majesty. Fact #2. Historically, the scientific contributions of the double-X-chromosomed half of humanity have often been disregarded and even discredited in lieu of the chauvinistic status … Continue reading Women in Science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world
The Alien franchise is among the most successful sci-fi franchises ever spawned out of Hollywood. It even commingled with the Predator series (famously through one camera shot of a Xenomorph´s skull in the Predator´s spaceship in Predator 2) allowing for Hollywood to exploit our obsessions for details with a series of video games and an … Continue reading Science of the Alien franchise I – Xenomorphic blood
The Quantum Enigma by Bruce Rosenblum & Fred Kuttner Quantum theory is the most successful theory of our time. No question. Every prediction it has portended by its rigorous mathematics has been experimentally verified. And even though it contains leagues of strenuous calculations that only the formally initiated (mathematics, physics and some chemistry graduates) can … Continue reading The Quantum Enigma
I think it was about time to start writing again. For my website that is. I've been keeping myself busy with writing postdoc applications and preparing my teaching schedule for the coming semester which includes one half of a single course. This means my teaching workload will be a mere quarter of last semester‘s. (Yay!). … Continue reading Reading and writing habits
The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios I loved this book! No segue necessary. I really really loved this book. The reason is probably because I‘m probably at the epicenter of target audiences. I‘m a teacher and a scientist and I love science fiction and comic book.... movies. I‘m really sorry, but I‘ve never been … Continue reading The Physics of Superheroes