SCIENCESCRIPTS

science writing from the source” – in English & Dutch – by Arno Keppens

        

contributions  |  reviews  |  layman writings  |  expert texts  |  research papers  |  CV  |  personal

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domains of interest / expertise (AO)

-       atmospheric (ozone) monitoring & climate [A]

-       emergent complexity & criticality / emergent quantum gravity [E]

-       freethought / science history & philosophy [F]

-       LED/optosemiconductor measurement & modelling [L]

-       outreach to general public [O]

 

contributions

-       “Kritisch gelezen” - book review of “Life 3.0: Mens zijn in het tijdperk van kunstmatige intelligentie” by M. Tegmark, Het Vrije Woord JG 63 NR 2, 2018 [O]

-       “Wat zijn de basisbestanddelen van het universum?” Vraag voor de wetenschap, FWO Vlaanderen, 2018 [E]

-       News coverage of the Copernicus Sentinel-5 Precursor TROPOMI launch by BELGA, VRT, and VTM on Oct. 13, 2017 [A]

-       Moules de Geek #18 – Nerdy Jaaroverzicht 2016” L. Scheire, 2017 [O]

-       “Waarom iedereen altijd gelijk heeft R. Mersch, De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam, 2016 [E]

-       “Characterization, modeling and optimization of remote phosphor LED modules” P.C. Acuña, KU Leuven University Press, Leuven, 2016 (as PhD. assessor) [L]

-       Jaarverslag BIRA 2013-2014” BIRA-IASB, 2015 [A]

-       “How quantum mechanics explains global warming” L. Scheire, TED Ed. talk, 2014 [A]

-       Scheire en de schepping L. Scheire, Manteau, Antwerp, 2012 [O]

-       www.ikhebeenvraag.be 2012-2015 [O]

-       Nieuwe generatie led-lampen geeft meer licht dan ooit Luminus Energieconsulent, 2011 [L]

-       “European LED quality charter” European Commission Joint Research Centre, 2011 [L]

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reviews

-       “In het oog van de klimaatstorm” J.-P. van Ypersele, T. Libaert, Ph. Lamotte, Epo, Antwerp, 2018 [A]

-       “Life 3.0: Mens zijn in het tijdperk van kunstmatige intelligentie” M. Tegmark, Maven Publishing, Amsterdam, 2018 [O]

-       “Wij zijn slim, en andere dwaalwegen van het denken” S. Weusten, Atlas Contact, Amsterdam, 2018 [O]

-       “Speurtocht naar buitenaards leven” N. Nanninga, Veen Media, Utrecht, 2017 [O]

-       “Singing in the brain” E. Scherder, Athenaeum, Amsterdam, 2017 [O]

-       “De biologie van de overtuiging B. Lipton, VBK Media, Utrecht, 2017 (content declined) [O]

-       “Licht: De invloed op lichaam en geest G. Venhuizen, Atlas Contact, Amsterdam, 2017 [O]

-       “Het einde van de wereld: Een geschiedenis S. Stroeykens, Polis, Antwerp, 2016 [O]

-       “Waarom iedereen altijd gelijk heeft R. Mersch, De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam, 2016 [O]

-       Mensen op Mars: Relaas van een manmoedige poging J. van Casteren, Prometheus, Amsterdam, 2016 [O]

-       “Characterization, modeling and optimization of remote phosphor LED modules” P.C. Acuña, KU Leuven University Press, Leuven, 2016 (as PhD. commission member) [L]

-       “Het hoge noorden: Een encyclopedie van de Arctis L. Beyens, Atlas Contact, Amsterdam, 2016 [O]

-       “Het leven over tien miljoen jaar M. Boulay & S. Steyer, VBK Media, Utrecht, 2016 [O]

-       “Machines die denken J. Brockman (ed.), Maven Publishing, Amsterdam, 2016 [O]

-       European Meteorological Satellite (EUMETSAT) O3M/AC-SAF reviews, 2013-present [A]

-       “De theorie van alles: Een nieuwe relativiteitstheorie” T. van den Ende, Polytoon, Scheveningen, 2011 (content declined) [E]

-       Gravitatie en elektromagnetisme: De informatonentheorie” A. Acke, Nevelland, Nevele, 2008 [E]

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layman writings

-       “Hawking” 2018 (memorial verse) [O]:

Ode to he who overnight,
Gifted with great insight,
Turned those heavy holes,
From 'black' into 'bright'.

-       “Real-time health advice from space” GIM International magazine, Dec. 2017 [A]

-       “Tempus fugit” 2017 (solstice verse) [O]:

Tempus fugit,
With constant c,
So from solstice to solstice,
With light’s velocity,
Another year
Has fled from thee.

-       “Klimaatwetenschap vanuit de ruimte” DDP Sint-Pieterscollege Leuven, 2017 [A]

-       Kan het sportnieuws eindelijk naar de reservebank?” Knack Vrije Tribune, 2017 [O]

-       Science March (April 22) slogan 2017 [O]:

You boast with national genius,
Apply science in daily life,
Only to claim disbelief,
Upon political strive?
No to science abuse!

-       “Wonder is not wonder!” 2017 (essay for the 2016-2017 FQXi Essay Contest) [F]

-       “Shortest day” 2016 (solstice verse) [O]:

Behold this shortest day,
As born from Nature’s tear,
Irrespect of God nor pray,
Commencing a new year.

-       “Analemma” 2015 (solstice verse, first strophe by L. Scheire) [O]:

Analemma, Gij schone vrouwe,
Met Uw ronding vol en zoet,
Nimmer zult Gij kunnen trouwen,
Daar ieder U gebruiken moet.

Enkel Ra raakt aan Uw voet,
Kromt een nieuw-jaar tegemoet,
Volgt Uw lichaam tot Uw hoofd,
Waar Hem de zomer wordt beloofd!

-       Winterzonnewende” 2014 (solstice verse) [O]:

De zonne is gewinterwend,
De dagen zijn aan 't lengen!
Een nieuw jaar is begonnen,
Dat ’t veel geluk mag brengen!

-       “LED – What’s in a name?” Technologiewacht Licht, VEI, 2010 [L]

-       Solstitium Brumalis” 2009 [F]

-       “Light-emitting diodes, in opmars…” Technologiewacht Licht, VEI, 2009 [L]

-       Misconcepties in de natuurkunde vanuit de eigen ervaring: Kleuren in de praktijk” 2008 [O]

-       “Light-emitting diodes, een inleiding…” Nieuwe Lichtbronnen en Buitenverlichting, VEI, 2007 [L]

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expert texts

-       “What constitutes emergent quantum reality? A complex system exploration from entropic gravity and the universal constants” 2018 (Emergent Quantum Mechanics 2017 conference paper) [E]

-       “AURORA Technical Note: Tropospheric ozone calculation” 2018 [A]

-       “Emergent quantum gravity: Exploration of a Planck-scale complex system approach” 2017 (paper for the Beyond Spacetime 2017 prize competition for essays on Space and Time After Quantum Gravity) [E]

-       “Reality—revisited: Constructing a complex theory of quantum gravity from the bottom up” 2015 (essay for the Gravity Research Foundation 2015 Awards for Essays on Gravitation) [E]

-       “MIPAS Technical Note: Methodology for switching among MIPAS vertical averaging kernel matrix representations” 2014 [A]

-       “GOMOS Technical Note: Influence of Envisat GOMOS data screening on IPF 6.01 ozone validation results: Comparisons to GAW / NDACC / SHADOZ ozonesondes and lidars” 2012 (lead: D. Hubert) [A]

-       “Comparison between results obtained with the KAHO near field goniophotometer and the ETAP and R-Tech far field goniophotometer” 2011 [L]

-       “Modelling and evaluation of high-power light-emitting diodes for general lighting” KU Leuven University Press, Leuven, 2010 (PhD thesis, ISBN 9789460182563) [L]

-       “Wet van Coulomb versus Gravitatiewet van Newton. Allemaal één pot kracht?!” 2008 [E]

-       “Monte Carlo simulatie van extensive air showers voor de IceTop detector op Antarctica” 2006 (MSc thesis) [A]

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research papers

-       Currently (2008-present) around 40 peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings of which Google Scholar & ResearchGate helpfully provide automated overviews and statistics

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CV

-       2017-present: SCIENCESCRIPTS, Dendermonde, Belgium

-       2012-present: scientist, Space Pole, Brussels, Belgium

-       2018 (June): visiting scientist, Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam, Germany

-       2017 (Dec.): visiting scholar, Université de Genève, Switzerland

-       2011-2012: research associate, Light & Lighting Laboratory, Ghent, Belgium

-       2010-2011: guest researcher, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

-       2008-2011: guest lecturer, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia

-       2006-2010: engineering (optosemiconductor systems), PhD, KU Leuven, Belgium

-       2008-2009: course on philosophy of science, Ghent University, Belgium

-       2006-2009: teacher training (physics), Ghent University, Belgium

-       2006 (Sept.): ecovolunteer, Toropets, Oblast Tver, Russia

-       2002-2006: physics (theoretical & computational), MSc, Ghent University, Belgium

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personal

-       °1984

-       Married... with children.

-       Member of BPS and HVV.

-       Alma Mater’s major lessons: “Sapere aude!” / “Timeo hominem unius libri.”

-       Languages (in order of appearance): Dutch, French, English, German, html, Java, C++, Matlab, Python.

-       I call myself (AO) absurdist (both the humourist and philosophical sense), atheist, bibliophilist, Epicurist, freethinker-ist, emergentist, optimist, and realist (physics sense).

-       In line with my pen name, I support PEN International and Amnesty InternationalThose who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. (Plato)

-       Nobel Prize laureates are mental Iron Man winners. I admire both (in contrast with strongly sports-biased journalism).

-       Recreational motto: Travel anywhere by reading; read aptly while travelling.

-       Nichts ist wertvoller als der heutige Tag. (J.W. von Goethe)
All days combined, I hope not, I fear not, I am free. (N. Kazantzakis)

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© Arno Keppens 2017-2018