Étienne Klein

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Étienne Klein
Salon du livre de Paris 2011 - Etienne Klein - 005.jpg
Born (1958-04-01) 1 April 1958 (age 59)
Paris, France
Alma mater École Centrale Paris
Era 20th- / 21st-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy

Étienne Klein (French: [klɛ̃]; born 1958) is a French physicist and philosopher of science, born in 1958. A graduate of École Centrale Paris, he holds a DEA (Master of Advanced Studies) in theoretical physics, as well as a Ph.D. in philosophy of science and an accreditation to supervise research (HDR).

Profile[edit]

Étienne Klein is a Research director at the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA).[1] He is currently head of the Laboratoire des Recherches sur les Sciences de la Matière (LARSIM), a research laboratory belonging to the CEA and located in Saclay near Paris.[2] He took part in several major projects, such as the adjustment of a method of isotopic separation involving the use of lasers, and the study of a particle accelerator with superconducting cavities. At CERN he was involved in the design of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).[3]

He taught quantum physics and particle physics at Centrale Paris for several years and currently teaches philosophy of science.[4] He is a specialist in the question of time in physics and has written a number of essays on the subject. He is also a member of the Conseil d'analyse de la société, of the conseil scientifique de la Cité des Sciences, of the Conseil de l'Office parlementaire d'évaluation des choix scientifiques et technologiques (OPECST), of the French Academy of Technologies and of the Conseil d'Orientation de l'Institut Diderot.[1] Every Thursday morning he presents a radio chronicle, Le Monde selon Étienne Klein, as well as La Conversation scientifique every Saturday afternoon, on the French public station France Culture.[5][6]

Étienne Klein practises mountain-climbing[7] and other endurance sports.[8]

Plagiarism affair[edit]

In December 2016, Science magazine reported that Étienne Klein was responsible of a plagiarism, his work was said to be plagiarizing the novelist Stefan Zweig and other authors.[9]

Distinctions and awards[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Conversations avec le Sphinx, les paradoxes en physique, 1991
  • Regards sur la matière. Des quanta et des choses, avec Bernard d'Espagnat, 1993
  • Le Temps, 1995
  • Le Temps et sa flèche [actes du colloque], dir. Étienne Klein and Michel Spiro, 1996
  • L’Atome au pied du mur et autres nouvelles, 2000
  • L’Unité de la physique, 2000
  • La Quête de l’unité. L’Aventure de la physique, with Marc Lachièze-Rey, 2000
  • Sous l’atome, les particules
  • La Physique quantique
  • Trésor des sciences : dictionnaire des concepts, co-author (dir. Michel Serres)
  • Moi, U235 noyau radioactif, with Bernard Bonin and Jean-Marc Cavedon, 2001
  • Le temps existe-t-il ?, Collection Les petites pommes du savoir, 2002
  • La science nous menace-t-elle ?, 2003
  • Les Tactiques de Chronos, 2003
  • Petit voyage dans le monde des quanta, 2004
  • Il était sept fois la révolution, Albert Einstein et les autres, 2005
  • Le Temps qui passe, 2006
  • Le facteur temps ne sonne jamais deux fois, 2007
  • Les Secrets de la matière, 2008
  • Galilée et les Indiens. Allons-nous liquider la science ?, 2008
  • Pourquoi je suis devenu chercheur scientifique, 2009
  • Discours sur l’origine de l’univers, 2010
  • La Science en jeu, written with Jean-Michel Besnier, Hervé Le Guyader and Heinz Wismann, 2010
  • Le Small bang des nanotechnologies, 2011
  • Anagrammes renversantes, ou le sens caché du monde, with Jacques Perry-Salkow, 2011
  • Rugby quantique, with Jonny Wilkinson and Jean Illiopoulos, 2011
  • D'où viennent les idées (scientifiques)?, 2013
  • En cherchant Majorana. Le physicien absolu, 02/2015
  • Y a-t-il eu un instant zéro ?, 03/2015

Filmography[edit]

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