Things worth your while

On this website you can find links which may be worth your while, i.e. which I hold valuable, but which have nothing or little to do with present day science. So if you choose to distract your thoughts from your daily work, this website may offer itself to check. I will update it whenever I stumble about something valuable. If you have recommendations, they are very welcome! (Contact)

Unfortunately, links keep on changing, and sometimes contents disappear. Let me know if this happens to the things on my list. I try to make some of the files available directly from by web-space, so that they don't get lost.

Ps: I grew a habit of sharing several critical and "worth while" posts concerning political and societal topics on Facebook. You're welcome to read them there. Here, I only share the most valuable of them. (Link to my FB page)

 

Absolutely super stuff:

Albert Einstein about himself. An amazing statement of Albert Einstein about himself.
Download MP3-file (German, 4 min)

 

Physical:


Heisenberg: Philosophy and Physics
: In this very nice speech, Heisenberg elaborates on what the modern developments of physics (at that time QT and rudimentary QFT) can teach philosophy. (German) Download as MP3: File 1, file 2, file 3.

C.F. v. Weizsäcker: A lecture on the occasion of Einsteins' 80th birthday: This is a remarkable speech about the physics of the first half of the 20th century. It offers insight into the ideas and convictions, which gave birth to our "modern" physical theories. (German) Download as MP3 (ZIP-packed).

 

Movies:

INSIDE JOB (2010): This is a very, very good documentary about the world financial crisis, which left several million people homeless and ate up the life savings of many more. The movie explains the major causes for the crisis and implicitly points toward solutions, which have to this day not been implemented. (Link to the movie website; if you type the name into Google you may find a full version to watch online. Be careful that it is really the right movie, though!)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb: This is, in my opinion, one of the best movies ever produced. I highly recommend it to anyone. Since it is still protected by copyright, I cannot offer a link to the movie. But try to find it in Google, or order it in your university's library. (Here is the link for Regensburg university members.)

Gandhi (1982): This is a movie about the life of Mahatma Gandhi. It is not the movie which I primarily recommend, but Gandhi.
When Gandhi died, Albert Einstein once wrote: "Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth." (cited from Matthias Eberling, "Mahatma Gandhi") Find out why: Link to the movie.

Frank Herbert's Dune (2000): A Sci-Fi screening of the book with the same name. The movie is not extremely deep, but it is good and different. Maybe it gives you some things to think about. Link to the movie.

Societal:

Academia and mental health:  Many people are aware of the problems of the current academic employment system. Nevertheless, I'd like to share a link which adds to this. It's worth reading. Link

Jürgen Todenhöfer is a great journalist. E.g., he had the courage to visit and investigate the Islamic State in person. On his website he has a lot of small articles and statements which are extremely worth to read, in particular since they are in sharp contrast to the picture painted by mass media. (English link, German link)

Die Anstalt (German) is an incredibly good Kabarett (i.e. political satire) show. It addresses central problems and injustices of our society in a form which is both hilarious and deep. I absolutely recommended to watch! (Link; appears once a month, click on "All Videos" and then "Meist gesehen" to quickly find the complete shows.)

Lebt wohl, Genossen! This is a documentary about the break-down of the Soviet Union. (German and French only, unfortunately.) It does not put as much emphasis on the big connections as would be desirable, but it shows the perspective of the people living in this period in a novel and fascinating way. Overall, it encompasses 6 episodes, the first of which you can watch here: Link. I mainly recommend the first and the last episodes.

How science has sold itself. An article in the German Newspaper ZEIT: Download.

Nachdenkseiten (German) This website provides information about current political and societal affairs in sharp contrast to mass media information. Since it is run by absolutely reputable persons (e.g. Albrecht Müller), I recommend it as additional source of information for all who seek for a balanced view of things (as compared to the rather one-sided view sold by the major German newspapers). Link

Why are our societies supposed to have social elements? A radio-interview (German): Link or Download as MP3.

Chile: Allende's downfall: A very interesting 4-page article on the rise of Pinochet's dictatorship in Chile (German). Particularly interesting in light of this tagesschau.de article. Download.

QUER (German TV Show): Comments about political and societal life.
       1.) Seeds
       2.) Banks
       3.) Water 

Formerly unknown tribes discovered in the European alps. Article (German).