Blog Lars Jaeger

New progress in one of the "big questions" – The latest on the attempt to explore the origins of life

One of the “big questions” of humanity is the question of how life originated on our planet. Until well into the 20th century, scientists have hardly dealt with this question, as they had considered it outside their scope. But with the Darwinian theory of evolution in the second half of the 19th century and its […]

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Science and aesthetics - Why the scientific search for truth is also a search for beauty

Since the beginning of recorded time we ask about the true essence of things and the world. We are thereby over and over again awed by the beauty of nature and the diversity of its forms. Albert Einstein called the thus occurring sense of mystery “the most beautiful thing we can experience. It is the […]

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Why upon the inexplicable in nature we do not have to ask for a higher being (any longer)

The relatively simple structure of the fundamental equations of physics, as found in Newton’s equation of mechanics, Maxwell’s equations of electromagnetism and Schrödinger’s and Dirac’s equations in quantum mechanics, respectively quantum field theory, suggests that the processes in nature can generally be well calculated and predicted. Physicists have therefore long believed that simplicity is the […]

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The stone and Rosetta - A flair of moon landing

It does not happen too often that a scientific event makes it into the headlines of the daily press. As fascinated as in the prime times of the Football World Cup we have been in the last few days following the touchdown of “Philae”, the landing device of the spacecraft “Rosetta”, on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko […]

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Dancing on a volcano - Extreme events can be quantitatively assessed and reliably judged upon

Nuclear energy comes with residual risks that even the soothing assurances of the nuclear industry cannot completely hide. As unlikely a nuclear disaster after considering the mathematics of probability may be, voices are growing louder that refuse to rely on mathematically quantified model calculations for probabilities as the basis for the public debate on nuclear […]

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Lars Jaeger October 18, 2014 , 0

The amazing promises of science - nuclear fusion once again

A joke that almost every physicist no matter what age has known since the day of his studies deals with the promises made by nuclear fusion. It constitutes the most promising technology of the future – and would maintain this status forever. Already for 60 years the plasma physicist have articulated the hope that in […]

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Lars Jaeger October 9, 2014 , 0

The same procedure as every year - a touch of Oscar night for scientists

It is the time again. Like every year in early fall the winners of the Nobel Prizes were announced this week. The physics, chemistry, and medicine communities look out to Stockholm. Who will be awarded the prize this year thus lining up with the great figures in the history of science (the same applies to […]

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Lars Jaeger October 2, 2014 , 0

Beyond what quantum physics can explain

“Quantum Healing: Works immediately – everybody can learn it” – who has not yet been confronted with slogans like this? In particular, to those who place themselves a little closer to the esoteric scene, such statements will sound familiar. Following this phrase there is then much talk about miraculous healings and other fascinating things with […]

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What the newspapers do not tell us

Let us imagine, the football World Cup last summer would (if at all) had only found a brief mentioning on the very last pages in the newspapers. Inconceivable we would say. But a similar experience readers interested in science had to make during the last few weeks and months. The news of the discovery of […]

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