Our world is characterized by competition and pressure to perform. Knowledge has become the most crucial resource in modern societies. Increasing pressure to perform and the ever more rapid change in what one can and must know lead many people to a feeling of permanent overload.
How do you actually find a supernova - and what is that anyway?
Niklas Luhmann was a sociologist but published on an incredible range of subjects. More than seventy books and countless essays make up his work. His considerations on systems theory also influenced scientists from numerous other disciplines.
The Roman poet Publilius Syrus has said many wise things, but the truth of his famous saying about habit affects us all every day anew.
The outbreak of a supervolcano regularly has devastating consequences. A typical eruption, like that of Mount St. Helens in 1980, hurls lava and ash into the atmosphere up to a cubic kilometer.
It was a catastrophe with 231,000 dead, and each of us still remembers the shocking television pictures that were broadcast on all channels at that time.