Artistic curriculum

Mario Markus, Professor emeritus at the University of Dortmund, Germany, was born in Santiago de Chile and lived there during his first twenty years with his german parents. He studied Physics in Heidelberg, Germany, where he got his PhD with a thesis on Plasma Physics in 1973. Later on he became a research group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute in Dortmund. He has published more than 160 scientific articles in international journals about self-organisation and chaos in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Mario Markus began to write poems when he was forty years old. His first poetry book in spanish language appeared 1990 in Madrid. A CD containing his poems appeared 2004 in Chile. 2005 he won a contest of the Chilean Department of State to produce a CD-book spoken by him and containing his translations of chilean poetry into german. A collection of his poems appeared in spanisch ("Punzadas", 2007) and in german ("Stiche", 2016). Also in 2016 appeared "Chilenische Lyrik im bewegten 20. Jahrhundert" (printed in german; translation: "Chilean poetry in the restless 20. century"; Rimbaud, Ed.) with his translations of chilean poems into german, commented in an historical epilogue by Johannes Müller-Salo.

His science-fiction novel Bilis Negra (2001) was converted into a successful comic (2006). Markus' book Charts for Prediction and Chance (2007) contains a CD-ROM with which everyone can draw surrealistic pictures using mathematical formulae. Pictures obtained in this way were shown in several countries, including the USA, the UK and Germany.

His Chemical Poems (one poem for each of the 118 known elements) appeared 2013 in the USA. A book about the extinction of insects, containing many aesthetically appealing photographies of extinct or endangered species, as well as anecdotal essays, was published in 2014 by the Kosmos-Verlag in Germany.

"Das nackte Gehirn" (printed in german; translation: "The naked brain"; Theiss, Ed.) followed in 2016. In this book Markus connects Neurotechnology with phenomena usually related to parapsychology (telekinesis, mind reading and telepathy), as well as with the identification of artistic skills of test persons.

2017 he published "Bildkraft der Substanzen" (printed in german; translation:"The pictorial force of substances"; Arnshaugk, Ed.), in which he shows how anybody can make 2D-crystals at home with simple techniques. The books contains instructions and many artistically appealing examples.

This work was followed by a book on the planned travels of the NASA and the ESA to moons of Jupiter and Saturn ("Leben in den Eismonden?"), an autobiography ("Exilneurose"), an overview of the world of jellyfish ("Quallen") and an history of succesful inventions without "a priori" technical intentions ("Ludische Wissenschaften"). In collaboration with the German Chemical Society (GDCH), Markus donated a prize of 10,000 € for an invention of this kind in 2022.

Mario Markus' main concern is the unification of the "two cultures" science and art.

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