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Japan’s Media Apocalypse: Dr Peter Heller Makes An Urgent Appeal For Science

JAPAN’S Media Apocalypse:  Dr Peter Heller reacts to the media hype and scaremongers on Fukushima.

Dr Peter Heller is an Astronomer, Physicist. He is not a journalist nor a singer.

This is a translation from the original German.

THERE’S no place on earth I would rather be right now than at Fukushima – right in the atomic power plant, at the centre of the event. I say this because I am a physicist and there is no other place that could be more exciting and interesting for a physicist. The same goes for many, if not most physicists and engineers, on the planet.

Already at a young age I knew one day I would study physics. As a boy, I received a telescope for Christmas, and from that point on my view was fixed on the night sky; gazing at star clusters, nebula and galaxies was my favourite preoccupation. It was only later that I learned that these lights and the twinkling in eyepiece were actually the expressions of a chaotic and violent force of nature – the direct conversion of matter into energy during the fusion of an atomic nucleus.

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Posted: 21st, March 2011 | In: Technology | Comment (1)