This is a quiet space.
elkement is thinking about well-known theoretical physics. Relearning and reviving the basics again and again. Inspired by the aesthetics of vintage patent drawings and Sir Roger Penrose’s handcrafted sketches, I am searching for the nexus of science and art. I am experimenting with math software SageMath and descriptive geometry / freehand drawings. Snippets of science articles – incl. my own – serve as raw material for my Found Poetry.
elkement is an amalgam of my first name, Elke, and my long-term nickname Subversive Element. (Legal notice and contact for this blog)
I know, it’s confusing. It’s likely you came here, following a link to an article on our ice-tank-powered heat pump system or on hacking Windows Public Key Infrastructure. You can find these in the Cyber or the Energy category.
I am a self-employed engineer (cybersecurity/energy). Education: MSc/PhD in applied physics, MSc in renewable energy engineering, self-studied computer geek.
The tagline of the blog refers to this quote by Richard Feynman (see this article for more context).
“It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined! Why do the poets of the present not speak of it? What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were like a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?” –Richard Feynman
Physics. I am thinking out loud about well-known mathematical physics. Re-learning an re-viving the basics again and again. Inspired by series of textbooks, written by a single person who aspired at covering all of physics, like Roger Penrose, Landau&Lifshitz, David Tong.
Art. I create Found Poetry of my own science articles and of internet search terms. Inspired by the magic of the math underlying theoretical physics, I craft digital art and drawings.
Cyber. I built it, I protected it, and I hacked it. I have been implementing and supporting Windows Public Key Infrastructures. Finally I turned to the red side.
Energy. I used this blog to publish research about the heat pump system we’ve developed. The heat source is a combination of an underground water/ice tank and a ribbed pipe solar/air collector. I was in charge of simulations and data analysis.
History of Science and Engineering. I am standing on the shoulders of giants.
Web. Meta: How this website has evolved. On internet culture.
Life, the Universe, and Everything. Thoughts about Life, Work, Science, Technology, Business, and all their intersections – in spirit of the original name and tagline of this blog:
Theory and Practice of Trying to Combine Just Anything
Physics versus engineering
off-the-wall geek humor versus existential questions
IT versus the real thing
corporate world’s strangeness versus small business entrepreneur’s microcosmos,
knowledge worker’s connectedness versus striving for independence