The Inventor

I was born in Traben-Trarbach, Germany, in the beautiful and romantic wine valley of the Moselle river.  I studied mathematics and physics at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany. I finished these studies with a doctorate (Ph.D.) in mathematics in 1980.

In 1986 I emigrated to New Zealand, where I have lived ever since. I worked as a software engineer in Germany (for SAP) and New Zealand (for Air New Zealand and AMS).


Special interests

inventions, table tennis, chess, games, puzzles, science & technology, artificial intelligence, personal development, travelling, reading, writing poems, environmental issues, UFOs, spirituality


  • Lots of articles on games, chess, puzzles, popular mathematics, geometrical problems and brain teasers, mostly in the Journal of Recreational Mathematics.
  • Several "serious" mathematical articles
  • Several books on geometrical problems (popular mathematics), privately published
  • Poetry book "Wecker im Kopf", privately published E-BOOK: poetry book  "Wecker im Kopf", published by Smashwords, ISBN 978-1-62209-590-2 and Amazon.


  • Board games (hands-on as well as computer games; not all are displayed on my web pages)
  • Puzzles (made from metal, plastic, wood)
  • I have built a real (1.5 m high) Turing Machine from a metal construction set, some wood and some plastic tubes. It is exhibited at the entrance of the software department of the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Publications and web sites which quote and discuss some of my stuff

  • Book "Polyominoes" by Solomon Golomb
  • Book "Index to Mathematical Problems" 1980-1984 by Stanley Rabinowitz
  • Zillions of Games  (board games software development environment, hundreds of games)
  • Math Puzzles by Ed Pegg, especially mazes and tilings
  • Web Site Problem Database by MathPro