I am a science journalist with a particular interest in current research and in the application of science to technology, energy, and basic problems of society. I have lived and worked in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, England, Germany and Italy—which is why the editors at Science call me the “Flying Dutchman,” although I am not really Dutch, but a compatriot and fan of Hercule Poirot.
I am fascinated by the many theories about gravitation, quantum theory, and the universe that are now emerging. And I am convinced that they will lead to a new revolution in physics. Stay tuned to my blog entitled The Next Scientific Revolution.
I am also interested in the history of science and technology, and contributed to three books on this subject. With Bryan Bunch, I am the author of The History of Science and Technology: A Browser's Guide to the Great Discoveries, Inventions, and the People Who Made Them from the Dawn of Time to Today (2004). Previously, we also wrote The Timetables of Science (1988) and The Timetables of Technology (1993), published by Simon and Schuster in New York. The Timetables of Science has also been published in the UK, Germany, Japan, and Romania.
My credits include Science, ScienceNow, Nature, Scientific American, Physics World, New Scientist, The Scientist, IEEE Spectrum, BBC Focus, The Guardian, The Independent, Astronomy , Sky & Telescope, Europhysics News, The Industrial Physicist, Physikalische Blätter, Natuur en Techniek, NRC-Handelsblad, De Standaard, La Recherche, and Publishers Weekly.