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Where were you? By Jan H. van Bemmel
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The author is completely perplexed by the wonders in this world and far beyond. At the same time he realizes that this impressive beauty often goes together with incredible human and animal suffering... More > and misery. His reflections are summarized in four different chapters: on Nature, the Universe, Intelligence, and the ultimate question: Why we are here. Of course, his answers are very personal and far from complete. Perhaps, more questions are asked than answers can ever be given. The material for his reflections was borrowed from the scientific literature, his own research, mainly in the biomedical field, his great interest in astronomy and cosmology, and from books of wisdom. The main source for his reflections are the different writings of prophets, historians and poets in the Bible.< Less
Collisions By Jan H. van Bemmel
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In the waning years of the Soviet Union scientific research falls far behind. Vasili, head of KGB, tries to gain Western knowledge by espionage. He persuades Dmitri, a physicist, to defect to the... More > USA. Dmitri obtains a position at NSF and later at FermiLab, while remaining entangled in the KGB web. After the disintegration of the Soviet Union Vasili becomes very powerful and wants to strengthen science in the new Russia. He asks Dmitri to return home, because Russian knowledge needs upgrading. Dmitri is appointed director of IHEP in Moscow. He is not successful, because the best Russian scientists have emigrated to the West. Blackmail and intimidation pursue him. To escape Vasili’s influence, Dmitri accepts a job at CERN in Geneva, where the largest particle accelerator in the world, the LHC, is under construction. Vasili now wants revenge. When he does not succeed in obtaining Western knowledge through espionage and cybercrime he wants to ruin Dmitri and to obstruct research at CERN.< Less
Botsingen By Jan H. van Bemmel
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In haar nadagen raakt het wetenschappelijk onderzoek van de Sovjet Unie ver achter bij het Westen. Vasili, hoofd van de KGB, probeert deze teloorgang tegen te gaan door via spionage westerse kennis... More > te bemachtigen. Hij overreedt de fysicus Dmitri als spion uit te wijken naar de USA. Dmitri krijgt een wetenschappelijke toppositie, maar blijft gesponnen in het web van de KGB. Wanneer de Sovjet Unie uiteenvalt krijgt Vasili steeds meer macht. Hij vraagt Dmitri terug te keren naar Moskou om het kennisniveau omhoog te krikken. Hij wordt daar directeur van een groot instituut. Omdat Russische wetenschap¬pers veelal naar het Westen zijn geëmigreerd, mislukt zijn opdracht. In toenemende mate wordt hij het slacht¬offer van chantage en intimidatie. Daarom gaat Dmitri naar CERN in Genève. Daar is de grootste deeltjesversneller ter wereld, de LHC, in aanbouw. Als Vasili niet in staat is westerse kennis te bemachtigen besluit hij Dmitri en het onderzoek bij CERN grote schade toe te brengen.< Less