This morning I was up bright and early. Just before 7 am. Due to my incredibly busy schedule it was the only time that I could grab a quick run. As I ran around Waterford City with the sunrise approaching, the reflected of light of Venus was obvious just above the cloudless horizon, reminding the early morning commuters and runners/walkers that it still existed.
As I ran out of People’s Park I reflected on the past week. A week of 29 talks and more than 1,750 km driven on the roads of Ireland. It’s been a superhero-powered rollercoaster. Ranging from talks in Limerick to speaking on the stage at the Iontas Theatre in Castleblayney in Co. Monaghan where Christy Moore will perform over the coming days, it has been a memorable adventure. Superheroes and superpowers have been the centre of attention but the real superheroes and superstars have been the audiences – they make it all worth while.
For example, this morning I gave superhero talks in Dungarvan Co. Waterford. My first talk was to a an-girl 5th class group (10 and 11 years old) from a primary school. Their positivity and interest in science and superheroes was fantastic and hopefully some of the students will consider a career in STEM subjects in the future. One or two of the students were exceptional with some of them coming up with very creative ways of creating superpowers and even managing superpowers in the future. There may be no need for the Sokovia Accords from Captain America: Civil War in the real world thanks to the ideas of these students.
The superhero talks continue over the coming days. Tomorrow I’m in Edgeworthstown to speak at the Midlands Science Festival and next week I’m back in Dublin for more talks. My adventure finishes next week with a talk in Co. Clare.
It’s so refreshing to meet so many people that are passionate about science, superheroes and the STEM subjects. Fingers crossed that some will be inspired to follow a science or engineering career after seeing some of the workshops this week.
Time flies when you’re doing science. In the blink of an eye Science Week Ireland has come around once again and I’ve a seriously busy week ahead of me. In fact Science Week started in earnest for me last week with a school visit to Castletroy College in Limerick.
For this year’s Science Week I’ll be presenting some brand new superhero-superpower based research from researchers around the world, some of whom I know from my research career in the Netherlands and Ireland.
There’ll be lots of clips and references to the films, in particular the upcoming superhero films such as Justice League, which is released this coming week, Black Panther, which is out in February, and of course the film all superhero fans are talking about – Avengers: Infinity War.
First off this week I’m going to be in Ennis, Co. Clare to talk about the “Secrets of Superhero Science”. If you’re in the area and interested in hearing about some fascinating superhero-based science then drop by.
Over the coming days I’ll keep you updated on my progress as I make my way around Ireland for Science Week 2017.
In late November last year I was contacted by Heather Montague who writes a column entitled “Avocations” for TU Delft’s Delta magazine. Heather expressed an interest in writing an article about me and my writing hobby outside of academia. Of course I was delighted to be asked about the article and the interview was done in early December along with a photograph of myself in writing action.
On Monday 6th February, the article along with the photo were published on the back of the TU Delta magazine for February. The article describes my writing adventures so far and the publication of my books about the science of superheroes and Santa Claus. The photo shows me in the middle of a writing binge surrounded by some of the Avengers. I am indeed in the middle of writing my 3rd book so watch this space for updates over the next few months.
You can check out the article online on the avocations page of the TU Delta magazine.
Below is an image of the full article and picture.
This year has been a remarkable year. While many will wave goodbye to 2016 with a level of distain and good riddance I’ve got to say from a personal point of view it’s been a good year. Naturally I acknowledge that we have lost many great artists and actors this year while on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean there was an interesting battle for the presidency that ended with a surprising result. But yes this year has been a good year for me in terms of BW Science.
Back in March, the Cursor Magazine/Newspaper put my mug on the cover in recognition of my first book “Secrets of Superhero Science”. The cover image of me in a laboratory in the ICMS building at TU/e was accompanied by a great article within the pages of the Cursor. Naturally I was very happy with their coverage of the book so when I published “Secret Science of Santa Claus” I contacted Judith van Gaal once more about writing an article on my second book.
Although I am officially based at TU Delft I am also a visiting researcher at TU Eindhoven and value my time, continuing collaborations and friends there greatly. I met with Judith earlier this month and we had a great chat about Santa Claus and the amazing science behind his Christmas Eve deliveries.
On the back of that interview Judith wrote a fantastic article for the Cursor which has appeared in the latest version of the magazine/newspaper. And like the first time I’ve made the cover the newspaper! Absolutely delighted to have done so and many thanks to Judith for writing a great article.
Here’s the article to read if you wish. It’s mainly in Dutch but there is some English text in there as well.
As you can see the layout is unique with a Christmas tree made from Christmas decorations. Very cool indeed. If you get a chance have a read of the article.
Last week the Limerick Leader published an article about my new book “Secret Science of Santa Claus”. The article is now online to read. You can read the article here.
Just over half way through my Science Week adventure and it has been a fantastic experience so far. I’ve spoken in Ennis, Limerick and Dublin and tomorrow I’m set to speak in Waterford and Dungarvan. Science Week has brought me from west to east and now down to the south coast. I’m getting a lightning tour of the Irish countryside.
Over the last few days I’ve met many students, teachers and members of the general public who have been fascinated by the amazing science behind the superheroes and Santa Claus. There is definitely the chance that some of the students will go on to create superpowers in the future. Hopefully they’ll remember where they got the ideas from and cite me in their Nobel Prize speeches.
It’s official – the Secret Science of Santa Claus has arrived!
You can order it now from my webshop at bwscience.com.
Here are some pictures marking the arrival of the book with illustrator Ivi van Keulen and the book designers Julinka van Keulen and Edwin Verbruggen of Number 42 in Eindhoven.
Are you ready to unlock the Secret Science of Santa Claus?