Peter M. Schuster on History of Science

The late Dr. Peter M. Schuster was a physicist and historian of science. After a career in industry, he founded a laser technology startup. Recovering from severe illness, he sold his company and became an author, science writer, and historian. He founded echophysics - the European Center for the History of Physics - in Pöllau … Continue reading Peter M. Schuster on History of Science

The Calm Before the Wave

A poem, created from text snippets taken out of a National Geographic article on tsunamis.   ~ ~~ ~~~   The Calm Before the Wave as the sea pulls away from the coast We thought we would be safe defenses have improved tremendously false sense of security the uncertainty in that forecast seemed high too … Continue reading The Calm Before the Wave

Poets Who Speak of Jupiter

In the third chapter of the first volume of his legendary physics lectures, Richard Feynman discusses the relation of physics to other sciences. He says that astronomy got physics started, and its most remarkable discovery is that stars are made of atoms of the same kind as those on the earth. He adds this famous … Continue reading Poets Who Speak of Jupiter

Infinity

New Year's Eve 2019 seems infinitely far in the past. It was the first day news about this mysterious disease had been published in my country. Yet it seems infinitely far away at that time, somewhere in China. Today we see something glowing at the end of a weird long corridor. Despite horrible news, I … Continue reading Infinity

Technology and Technics. Flolloping Floopily.

Once I started to create spam poetry and search term poetry, and I believed it was original. Then I discovered that great poets of the virtual scrapyard had come before me. Finally, I found serious articles about so-called Found Poetry and I found poets publishing their spam poetry in earnest. I learned about the Sokal … Continue reading Technology and Technics. Flolloping Floopily.

Pendulum

I was reading a scholarly thesis about Austria's history of energy engineering and politics. Our only nuclear power plant was built and ready to go at the end of the 1970s. Only after it was completed a referendum was held, and 50.5% of voters decided against ever putting it into operation. The plant turned into … Continue reading Pendulum

Connectedness and Independence

My websites ebb and flow. After 23 years of writing online, I am recognizing recurring patterns. I am keeping ancient hyperlinks intact. All articles I had published here before 2020 are still available elsewhere, also under the former main domain used at WordPress - elkement.blog. My frustration about other referenced websites' ever changing and abandoned … Continue reading Connectedness and Independence

Remote Work

Many long-term remote workers share their experiences - here are some random thoughts of mine. For many years, an onsite appointment has been the exception for me. This does not apply to any kind of work - but I have always believed that in some industry sectors much more remote work would be possible than … Continue reading Remote Work

Stuff

This is not an attempt to have an opinion or try to find a new aspect in this crisis. I am just writing about my own experiences, and anybody else's might be different. I have always been a minimalist, long before it was fashionable and a movement. I have been disposing and donating stuff relentlessly. … Continue reading Stuff