Friday, May 30, 2014

Rene Peters Date of birth: August 26, 1971 Position: Professor, Institut fuer Organische Chemie, Universitae t Stuttgart

Well, it was either do a post on one of these foolish author profiles, or read the other review in this issue, which was an Janus structures, but I decided I needed some desperate brushing up on organic chem instead.

Let's see here... well, this author is Western since in his picture he is not wearing a tie and looking official and determined like the Angewandte profiles of the Chinese scientists. Also, obsessed with wolves and dogs that are similar enough to wolves (his husky). I can't really share anything there since a wolf is just some pack mammal that spends most of its life cold and hungry and being beat up by the Alpha, unless it is the Alpha and then it has to suffer constant psychological stress of keeping the others who want its job at bay. Nothing against pack animals. Humans are also pack animals, but at least we figured out a way to have a constant food supply and to hear our homes reliably. At least this time around they didn't ask him what piece of equipment he would be, although I suppose what car would you like to be is also not much of an inspiring question.

Still, this profile is a bit better than the Kim one from last week since you do get some very small insights into the person. I find the music and literature questions to be the most useful. However, since I don't know how music is tied to anything, I leave that stuff for others, especially when answers are Ozzy Osbourne and Concert Pianist, though I did have an image of a scene from 'This is Spinal Tap' after that one. The books are a great one since 'War and Peace' and 'Perfume' are highly philosophical works, where the first one describes people trying to find personal meaning in events that are greater than them and that sweep them along, and the second one is basically a parable from the early 20th century history and the relationship of society to a genius personality, despite it taking place in 17th century France. After all, Grenouille was a genius in creating perfumes and despite his personal inadequacies and repulsion felt towards him, all his mistakes and crimes are forgiven when people smell one of his inventions. So, Haber is forgiven for creating poison gas for use during wartime because he invented the ammonia synthesis process and was a chemistry genius, and this could explain how Germans were so enamored with a certain personality in the 1930s who was a political genius and turned the country's economy and pride in itself around, with many reasonable people ignoring the less palatable parts of his policy.

Well, I still don't know anything about Rene Peters really, except that he likes to read good literature and reading. And by the way, you should Read 'War and Peace' and 'Perfume' as well. Certainly beats setting up another experiment after a 10 hour workday. You're probably tired anyways and you will forget to add something and it will fail anyways. Might as well read 30 pages of 'War and Peace'.

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