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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
Collisions. Espionage and Cybercrime in Science 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 he wants to ruin Dmitri and to obstruct research at CERN.< Less
Where Were You? Reflections on Science, Philosophy and Religion By Jan H. van Bemmel
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The author is completely perplexed by the marvels in this world and beyond. His reflections are summarized in four different chapters: on Nature, the Universe, Intelligence, and finally the ultimate... More > question: Why are we here? Of course, answers to such questions are very personal and will be 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 and from books of wisdom, primarily from the different writings of the prophets and the apostles in ther Bible< Less
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