SHADOW & LIGHT
DEAR READERS OF RUPERTO CAROLA,
2015 is the International Year of Light, and so we dedicate the December issue of our research journal to the theme of SHADOW & LIGHT. As the origin of all life, a source of knowledge and a driving force of technology and innovation, light plays a central role in our existence, and hence also in science. But where there is light, there is darkness: The truth of this old adage is demonstrated by our discussion of the bright and dark sides of the German scientific system, and by the articles of our authors on hostile ecosystems that lie in eternal darkness or on the harmful effects of sunlight.
In other accounts, Heidelberg researchers describe how light can be used to gain new insights into the mysteries of human thought and feeling, which role the metaphors of light and dark played in epochal changes in our history, and which measures promise to improve the integration of immigrants – taking them out of society’s shadow. Additional authors from the fields of biophysics, astronomy, religious and art history and ophthalmology also demonstrate the great diversity of research, thought and teaching on the subject of light at Heidelberg University.
I wish you an exciting and stimulating reading experience and ‘enlightening’ insights into the research activities at our University.
Prof. Dr Dr h. c. Bernhard Eitel
President of Heidelberg University
- Interview with Johanna Stachel and Claus Bartram: Freedom through truth. The concept of university
- Barbara Mittler and Thomas Maissen: Out of the darkness into the light. Epochal changes in China and Euorpe
- Gregor Ahn: Angles and demons. Interpreting the world through polar opposites
- Christina Gathmann: Out of the shadow. Integration through liberal laws
- Jörg Langowski: Through the molecular jungle. How do proteins find their target in the genome?
- Bernd Jähne: The ocean in the lab. Measurements with light and shadow
- Barbara Di Ventura and Roland Eils: Light on, light off. The molecular switch
- Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg and Wolfgang Kelsch: The challenge of complexity. In the depths of our brain