The mission of the website ArtChester.net is to help people have happier, healthier lives with a little help from science and technology. The site is noncommercial, with no adwords, promoted posts or ads (except some links to Art’s books).
Everything on this website is written for a general audience, not for scientists or specialists. When I write about research, I translate the results into nontechnical language. When I write about other subjects – for example, art, or Hawaii, or “useful stuff” – I try to approach them logically and offer something interesting or practical.
I started my career as a scientist, but I had to learn people skills in my years as a manager, and I had to learn to write to fulfill my long-time dream to become an author. I hope you find these blogs not only fun to read, but helpful in everyday life.
The articles featured on this About page tell you more about me, my fiction and the people and places I write about.
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A dad with a talent for math and a passion for women. A bookish mom. When I write fiction as Urno Barthel, I borrow those qualities for the character Evan Olsson. Many of the situations Evan faces are true, and … Continue reading
This interview with Urno Barthel was updated in August 2015. Q: Why did you decide to write Death By Probability and your other books? A: I wanted to share the things I love: the special world of the laboratory, a private … Continue reading
Fact and Speculation. The factual and relaxed scientist in the left-hand photo, secure in his knowledge of physics, wants to engage in rational discourse. The speculative, visionary wild man on the right, wielding his measuring cylinder, wants to do battle with … Continue reading
Praises and Peeves that tell you about me: 1. I’m impatient with scientists who dismiss the supernatural without consideration; and non-scientists who dismiss scientific conclusions that don’t give the answers they like. 2. Extreme opinions are … Continue reading
The Research Lab in Real Life: New technology is created many places: by lone inventors, by entrepreneurs who see a better way, by large and small companies of all kinds. And somewhere along the way, scientists and engineers are involved. … Continue reading
Personalities? Perhaps it’s best to call them characters… Anyway, here’s who you’ll find in the short stories and novels. Evan Olsson: Evan Olsson is a young PhD computer scientist at the Halsted Aeronautic Laboratory (HAL) in Pacific Palisades, California. Evan … Continue reading