Florian Freistetter

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Florian Freistetter (2018)

Florian Freistetter (born July 28, 1977 in Krems an der Donau ) is an Austrian astronomer , blogger , book author and podcaster .


Freistetter studied astronomy from 1995 to 2000 at the University of Vienna . He completed his doctorate in astronomy in 2004. His dissertation deals with the collision probabilities of near-Earth asteroids with planets in the inner solar system . Freistetter worked at various university institutes: the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Vienna, the Astrophysical Institute (AIU) at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Astronomical Computing Institute (ARI) at the Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg . Freistetter has been a freelance science writer since 2011. He has lived in Baden near Vienna since 2020 .

Freistetter became known through his work as a science blogger . Since 2008 he has been running the Astrodicticum simplex blog on the science blog portal ScienceBlogs . Freistetters Blog is the most successful German-language science blog and receives around 400,000 page views per month. There he writes on astronomy, science and pseudoscience . The Austrian daily Der Standard described him as “the most successful science blogger in German-speaking countries”. In addition, he has been publishing a weekly podcast called Star Stories since December 1, 2012 and, together with Holger Klein, the WRINT Science podcast since January 2014 . From November 2014 to June 2016, Freistetter published the blog So ein Schmarrn! on derStandard.at , where he wrote every two weeks on the subject of pseudoscience. Since November 2016 he has been writing the blog Hier errte die Wissenschaft on derStandard.at . He has been writing the weekly Freistetter Formula World column for Spektrum.de since June 2016 , which is also published every month in Spektrum der Wissenschaft .

In 2012 his book Krawumm! , which deals with collisions from atomic nuclei to universes and his book 2012 Don't Panic , in which the countless existing doomsday theories as of December 21, 2012 (including the end of the Maya calendar or the collision of the earth with the planet Nibiru ) are to be invalidated. In the book Der Komet im Cocktailglas , published in 2013, Freistetter describes how events in the cosmos also play an elementary role in everyday life. In 2014 his book The Rediscovery of Heaven followed , which is about the search for extrasolar planets and extraterrestrial life . In 2015, Asteroid Now appeared , which deals with the role of asteroids in the future development of space travel. In 2017, his book Newton - How an Asshole Reinvented the Universe was published, which is about Isaac Newton's idiosyncratic character traits and their influence on his research.

Freistetter has been part of the Science Busters ensemble since December 2015 .



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Commons : Florian Freistetter  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. science.orf.at: Astronomy against the end of the world , April 12, 2012
  2. Florian Freistetter: Bye Jena! 15 years of Thuringia are over. In: Astrodicticum Simplex. January 20, 2020, accessed January 20, 2020 .
  3. a b derStandard: An astronomer with a mission , April 10, 2012
  4. http://scienceblogs.de/astrodicticum-simplex/sternengeschichten/
  5. Blog entry on Florian Freistetter's blog. In: http://scienceblogs.de/astrodicticum-simplex/ . Retrieved August 15, 2014 .
  6. ↑ What a junk! In: derStandard.at. Retrieved March 28, 2015 .
  7. Here science was wrong. In: derStandard.at. Retrieved February 8, 2017 .
  8. Freistetter's world of formulas. In: formelwelt.de. Retrieved February 8, 2017 .
  9. Martin Puntigam wants to continue "Science Busters". In: derStandard.at. Retrieved February 5, 2016 .
  10. Florian Freistetter: The Science Busters carry on! In: Astrodicticum Simplex. December 10, 2015, accessed February 5, 2016 .
  11. The countdown to the topic , falter.at, HEUREKA 2/13 of May 29, 2013
  12. Publication of the Minor Planet Center on January 27, 2013 , page 467 ( PDF , English; 2.5 MB)
  13. Mitterlehner congratulates the winners of the science book of the year election
  14. The 6 Knowledge Books of 2014
  15. Salzburg Bull 2018 to the Science Busters. In: Ö1. October 10, 2017, accessed March 28, 2018 .