Anna Backerra is a theoretical physicist and composer
Anna Backerra was born in Maastricht and has graduated cum laude in theoretical physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands. After working for several years on the science staff at the Philips Research Laboratories, she began an independent theoretical study on quantum mechanics and complementarity. To develop a way of complementary thinking, she studied composition at the Conservatory in Enschede (The Netherlands) and in Saint Petersburg (Russia). She discovered that new musical and physical developments in history usually occur simultaneously, revealing a deeper scientific understanding. Using this similarity, she constructed a complementary mathematical language and applied this on physics, obtaining twin physics.
The results are described in eleven articles and two book chapters. The last one is titled: “Four Types of Electrons and their Associated Finite Magnetic Fields”, Nano Progress, (2021) 3(5), 17-33. All titles can be found under “Publications”.
In April 2018 her collected and expanded scientific work is published by Lambert Academic Publishing under the title of: “Twin Physics, The Complementary Model of Phenomena”.
Currently she is director of the Institute for Theoretical and Applied Micro Magnetics. To read the papers and the abstract of the book: see www.itammagnetics.com
The development of physics into music was inspired by writing the dreamlike novel Serpentines van Licht (‘Serpentines of Light’). She performed solo music theater with violin improvisations for children for five years, studied composition with David Rowland at the Conservatory of Enschede (the Netherlands), took a summer course on Schönberg in Vienna with Allen Forte and rounded out her education with Boris Tischenko (St. Petersburg), formerly assistant to Shostakovich.
In 2009 she completed the opera Ulrike Meinhof, based on a libretto by Arnoud Kremers. Listen here to the Overture, played by an ensemble of Taurida Orchestra from Saint Petersburg, conducted by Michail Golikov.Listen here to a fragment of the opera Ulrike Meinhof
Also watch and listen to this YouTube video her 1st String Quartet played by the Taurida Orchestra Ensemble.