All Postings (98)

2018

Physicist, walking down the stack

The First Search Result

Reverse Engineering

2017

Best of 2017

Working Remotely

Computer Science and IT

Taking stock! Physics

Subversive? Physics?

My Philosophy!

Scripts Beget Scripts

2016

Theoretical Physics. A Hobby.

Self-Referential Poetry

Silent Online Writing

'Are You Still Doing PKI?'

My Philosophy (?)

Impact of physics on my life

Not much happened in 2015

2015

Unspeakable

Self-Poetry

Farewell Posting ...

Hacking away...

Web Project - Status

We Interrupt ...

Poetry from Poetry

PKI-Status-Update

Life and Work

Definition: 'Subversive'

2014 in Books

Physics Postings

Engineering Postings

True Expert

2014

2014 - a Good Year

Physics or Engineering?

Engineering Links

What Is Art?

Bio

PKI FAQ

Google's Poetic Talents

Certificates and Heat Pumps

Nr. 5: A Mind-Altering Experience

Technet postings

WOP!

Pink Spaceship

radices = Roots!

IT Postings

Web Projects

Life, the Universe, and Everything

Uh-oh, No Posting in March

PKI Resources

PKI Issues

Subversive Work

Spam Poetry

A Career 'in Science'

Writing

On the Shoulders of Subversive Giants

Search Term Poetry

Facebook Art

2013 in Books

2013

Explain, Evaluate, Utilize

Technology

About Life-Form Elke Stangl

elkement and This Site

No. 3: Internet Apocalypso

Retrospection

Newsletter Resurrection

2012

For Free

Subversive Yearly Report

Is My Life a Cliché?

Indulging in Cliché

Torture Turning Trivia

Intermittent Netizen

Knowledge Worker...

Profile

Physics on the Fringe

Graduation Speech

The Element is Back!

Offline

Physics Links

2011

Not Funny

Calendar and Magic

Expert

In Need of a Deflector

About to Change

A Nerd's Awakening

For the Sake of Knowledge

2008

Profession Or True Calling?

No. 2: On Self-Reference

I Have No Clue About Art

Netizen

2007

The End

No. 1: On Subversion at Large

2005

Emergency Exit

Modern Networker

2004

The Scary Part

Exploring the Work Space

2003

Instead of a CV

Favorite Books

2002

Elke was here

Physics and Science

(elkement. Last changed: 2018-05-09. Created: 2015-08-17. Tags: Physics, Science. German Version.)

I am an experimental physicist by training - I had specialized in sold-state physics, lasers, superconductors, and now I am a so-called Consulting Engineer in Applied Physics per one of my business licenses. The other license is for IT services. I sort of left R&D for computers and software, and then I sort of returned, but actually I am always aiming at That Big Synthesis Of Combining It All.

Numerical simulations and data analysis for our ice storeage heat pump system is the most sciencey thing I do on a daily basis. However, I see many more connections between 'phyics', 'IT', 'software' and (non-software) 'engineering'. I am more and more fond of the lower levels of software: Perhaps I turn into the Assembly loving dinosaur that I should always have been. However, my first and straight-forward connection between physics and IT was conceptual and not related to math or cryptography: Troubleshooting your experimental setup in the research lab - with pumps, lasers, optics, and materials with exotic properties - requires the same skills as reverse engineering software and IT systems.

Most article related to real physics and what I actually do - using formulas and diagrams - appear on my blog. Here, on my more introspective website, I am rather pondering on the role of physics in my life, expanding meta-thoughts like the ones sketched above into more stream-of-conciousness-style articles. Now and then I promote a 'link list' to an 'article'.

I am also most fascinated by the positive impact of a weird hobby - learning theoretical physics - has on no-nonsense engineering and IT work. While am also interested in fields I had not specialized in back then at the university, like Quantum Field Theory or General Relativity my true passion is thermodynamics: Classical statistical mechanics is as 'geeky' and 'weird' - and much underappreciated.

Former mill on the island of La Palma.

Physicist, walking down the stack

Physicist, walking down the stack (2018-05-02)
One more attempt at describing what I am up to: Physics and IT - revisited.

Taking stock and looking for patterns: Physics posts I wrote so far

Taking stock and looking for patterns: Physics posts I wrote so far (2017-06-29)
I am trying to learn from my own articles on physics - after more than five years of 'science blogging'. I surprised myself.

Why and How One Should / Could Learn General Relativity

Why and How One Should / Could Learn General Relativity (2016-12-07)
'Hands-on example: Learning theoretical physics as a hobby. Describing once more, perhaps in an even more obscure way, what a 'personal' impact theoretical physics might have.

On the impact of physics on my life

On the impact of physics on my life (2016-03-12)
Some changes and random musings: On my Research Notes (formerly known as blog about anything). In praise of physics: How theoretical physics made me better tech troubleshooter.

Blog Postings on Physics

Blog Postings on Physics (2015-02-04)
Links to postings on my blog elkement.wordpress.com.

Physics, Science, Engineering, and a Lot of Fun

Physics, Science, Engineering, and a Lot of Fun (2014-12-17)
In overly correct legalese, my job titles according to our business licences are 1) Consulting Engineer in Applied Physics and 2) IT Consultant.

Science: Explain, Evaluate, Utilize

Science: Explain, Evaluate, Utilize (2013-09-16)
Explaining science and technology is my passion and my mission - as a physicist, engineer and IT expert.

Science and Me. Torture Turning Trivia.

Science and Me. Torture Turning Trivia. (2012-11-02)
I am flooding the whole world wide web with my musings on science - but it seems a point of equilibrium has been reached.

Physics Links

Physics Links (2012-03-10)
List of resources started in 2012 and updated frequently.

Knowledge for the Sake of Knowledge

Knowledge for the Sake of Knowledge (2011-01-02)
I have always wondered why my English articles about science, career (and the universe and everything) have different tone than my German ones.

Profession Or True Calling? Reasonable Questions or Musings Just Uncalled-For?

Profession Or True Calling? Reasonable Questions or Musings Just Uncalled-For? (2008-03-17)
Trying to refute the ancient, nostalgic German articles on science and me, by playing the cool and sober professional.

Personal website of Elke Stangl, Zagersdorf, Austria, c/o punktwissen.
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