Experiment explanation Interest in CERN has evolved over the years. At its inception, the Organization’s founding member states clearly saw the new institution’s potential as a centre of excellence for basic research, a driver of innovation, a […]
Future promise Over the next five years, key events shaping the future of particle physics will unfold. We will have results from the second run of the LHC, and from other particle and astroparticle physics projects around […]
CERN’s seat Today, science, technology and innovation are among the most powerful forces driving social change and development. However, what is the actual role that a fundamental science laboratory like CERN can have when it comes to […]
Del Rosso The CERN Courier is not exclusively CERN’s. Its subtitle “International Journal of High-Energy Physics” stands as a friendly warning to all those readers who might otherwise think it is an official mouthpiece of the CERN […]
Christine Sutton August 1959 saw the first issue of CERN Courier – “the long-expected internal bulletin” and idea of Cornelis Bakker, who was then CERN’s Director-General. The goals stated on the first page included the aim to […]
Hoorani In September 1954, the European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN – officially came into existence. This was just nine years after the Second World War, when Europe was completely divided and torn apart. Founders […]
In my journey as a migrant scientist, crossing continents and oceans to serve physics, institutions and nations wherever and whenever I am needed and called upon, CERN has always been the focal point of illumination. […]
Seeing has always been a trigger for curiosity – the desire to know reality – and light is a means for bridging reality with our minds. It is not the only means, but probably the […]
Richards I first came to CERN as a student in the mid 1980s, and spent an entrancing summer learning the extent of my lack of knowledge in the field of physics (considerable!) and meeting fellow students […]
On 1 July, the cycle of events celebrating CERN’s 60th anniversary opened in Paris with an event commemorating the anniversary of the CERN Convention, which was signed at the UNESCO headquarters in 1953 by representatives of the […]
One of my most memorable experiences of CERN is from an early morning in the summer of 1966. I drove to CERN with my two small children, one and three years of age, to fetch […]
On its 60th birthday, CERN should, first of all, be justly praised for its scientific results – results that stem from the organization’s unique model, which has allowed the modernization of fragmented, hierarchical and largely closed […]
CERN was conceived in the late 1940s and early 1950s, when two ambitions came together – to enable construction of scientific facilities that were beyond the means of individual countries, and to foster collaboration between […]
The enthusiasm and motivation to explore particle physics at the high-energy frontier knows no borders between the nations and regions of the planet. It is shared between physicists of widely different cultures and origins. This […]
International collaboration in physics was born in Europe, after the Second World War, to explore subnuclear particle physics. An entirely new world, unveiled by the interactions of cosmic rays in the Earth’s atmosphere, could be […]
In 1946 a commission of the United Nations Security Council was entrusted with the task of making proposals to bring atomic energy under international control. It was one year after the devastation of Hiroshima, and […]
The 1980s were characterized by two outstanding achievements that were to influence the long-term future of CERN. First came the discovery of the W and Z particles, the carriers of the weak force, produced in proton–antiproton collisions […]
CERN was founded in 1954 with the aim of bringing European countries together to collaborate in scientific research after the horrors of the Second World War. After the end of the war, however, Europe had […]
The Meyrin site in 1954 On 29 September 1954, the European Organization for Nuclear Research officially came into being, after the convention to establish the organization had been ratified by a sufficient number of the 12 founding member states. Since then, CERN […]
New members of the editorial board look at the role of EPJC as a community journal.
Gordon Fraser, long-time editor of CERN Courier, ponders on paying attention.
Tatsuya Nakada considers what the updated European Strategy for Particle Physics needs to address.
Catherine Cesarsky reflects on the long-standing relationship between the two flourishing European organizations.
CERN’s director-general, Rolf Heuer, looks beyond the results announced on 4 July to a wider significance.
Alan Watson looks at how the links between particle physics and cosmic-ray research have evolved over the past century.
Norbert Holtkamp extols the virtues of blogging as a way to encourage dialogue on important issues.
Lucie Linssen and Steinar Stapnes examine the question of authoring long-term development projects for particle physics.
Colin Carlile argues the case for collaboration and science as drivers of confidence – something that is surely needed in 2012.
Michael Thoennessen did not realize where documenting the discovery of isotopes would lead.
Hutton Some years after Ernest Rutherford invented nuclear physics, he expressed a wish for “a copious supply of atoms and electrons which have an individual energy far transcending that of the α and β particles” available […]