Scilabus is a French-speaking science popularisation website that combines texts and videos. This website has been initiated and is run by Viviane Lalande, who gets help from her sister Marianne Lalande and Renaud Manuguerra. Its editorial line is to take everyday life situations – for example, is it better to walk or to run in the rain, what is the best way to share space in a microwave oven? – and explore them scientifically. This leads to popularize experimental approaches and it is done in a very educational way.
Karim Debbache’s work is only available in French, but as I have already mentioned him, let me introduce him to you a little further.
Jean-Pierre Luminet is the author of the blog e-Luminesciences. But not only: he is also an astrophysicist, cnrs research director at the Laboratoire d’astrophysique de Marseille, as well as at the Laboratoire Univers et théorie. But not only: he also has scientific popularisation and cultural activities. His blog presents all of these activities. This blog has an English version.
Among his notable works, he is a pioneer in black holes realistic representations. As early as 19791Jean-Pierre Luminet, 1979. Image of a Spherical Black Hole with Thin Accretion Disk, Astronomy and Astrophysics, n° 75, pp. 228 – 235. Available on line., he proposed a more realistic and accurate one than the one presented in Interstellar2Christopher Nolan, 2014. Interstellar, Syncopy Films and Lynda Obst Productions.. He also worked on the form – actually, its topology – of the Universe, which led him to introduce the concept of Wraparound Universe3Jean-Pierre Luminet, 2008. The Wraparound Universe, AK Peters Ltd..
|Jean-Pierre Luminet, 1979. Image of a Spherical Black Hole with Thin Accretion Disk, Astronomy and Astrophysics, n° 75, pp. 228 – 235. Available on line.
|Christopher Nolan, 2014. Interstellar, Syncopy Films and Lynda Obst Productions.
|Jean-Pierre Luminet, 2008. The Wraparound Universe, AK Peters Ltd.
Since the creation of this website, I intended to give a selection of links that I find interesting. Therefore, I have created the “links” section. As I do not want to give a list without more element, each link will be published along with a presentation article. This article being the first one to present a link. Also, as while I write this my first video review is being shot, this gives me the opportunity to clearly show that the website is not at all abandoned.
The first link I propose leads to Bruce Benamran’s e-Penser, which proposes videos of general scientific popularisation. Though they are French speaking videos, several of them have English subtitles.