At the end of January, a small fraction of CERN decamped to Chamonix along with experts from around the world – not to ski but to work out the plans for the coming year’s LHC […]
Ariane Koek makes the case for an arts residency programme soon to be established at CERN.
Claudio Parrinello highlights CERN’s role as a catalyst for the exchange of knowledge.
Hutton We can measure and analyse accumulated superconducting RF (SRF) operating experience in broad, high-level terms using the “cryomodule century”, or CC. Ten cryomodules operating for a decade, or 50 of them operating for two years, […]
In the mid-1930s, physics was heavily attacked by the most famous Italian philosopher of the time, who called physicists “vile mechanicians”. It was on this occasion that Enrico Fermi told his young fellows: “Don’t worry. […]
Sanchis-Lozano In 1609 Galileo Galilei made the first recorded telescope observations of the night sky – an event that is being celebrated all through 2009 in the International Year of Astronomy. He soon ran into trouble […]
I first met Rytis Slatkevicius in 2006, when he was 18. At the time, he had assembled the world’s largest database of prime numbers. He had done this by harnessing the spare processing power of […]
Nearly a half-century ago, researchers at Stanford University began investigating superconducting RF (SRF) acceleration. They would not have been surprised to learn that by 1994, SRF had come into large-scale use in Jefferson Lab’s Continuous Electron […]
Will the LHC surprise us? I hope so. Having failed to find any completely unexpected new physics for more than 30 years, we clearly need nature’s help to progress, and the case is good. Milestone The last […]
This autumn, commissioning should be in full swing on the LHC at CERN, the world’s largest laboratory for the study of subnuclear physics. So it is entirely appropriate that the 46th Course of the International […]
CERN is a de facto global laboratory, with the LHC set to be the centre of particle-physics research for a decade or more, and comprises the largest scientific user community in the world. More than just […]
India’s accelerator pioneers began to build the Calcutta cyclotron in the early 1970s but soon found that the industrial infrastructure was not geared up to provide the necessary level of technology. They had, for instance, […]
Some years ago, it was customary to divide work in the exact sciences of physics, chemistry and biology into three categories: experimental, theoretical and computational. Those of us breathing the rarified air of pure theory […]
TRIUMF’s new director Nigel Lockyer looks to the future of co-operation in particle physics, and Canada’s role in this increasingly global adventure.
John Womersley explains the changes taking place in the UK’s support structure for nuclear and particle physics and the operation of large science facilities.
Swapan Chattopadhyay reflects on the extraordinary fundamental value of accelerators.
Six secrets of successful institutes
Mike Lazaridis, co-founder of the company behind the BlackBerry, explains how he has applied business strategy to establish a world-class theoretical-physics institute.
C Konrad Gelbke argues that nuclear science has a bright future thanks to the possibilities being opened in particular by the exploration of rare isotopes.
The media have a central role in telling the story of research in particle physics. We need to put aside our differences and keep our eyes on the big picture if we are to make the most of this vast resource, say members of the InterAction collaboration.
James Pinfold considers how relatively low-cost experiments to study ultra-high-energy cosmic rays could bring developing countries into frontier research.
Urs Hölzle from Google points out that while the performance of commodity computer clusters continues to increase, so does their electrical power consumption.
Herman White argues the case for public participation in the decision-making
process for the International Linear Collider.
Barry Barish asks how the particle-physics community can continue to foster its hallmark of fruitful international collaboration.
Ken Peach argues that particle physicists can lead the way in a paradigm shift in scientific publishing to give everyone free access to research results.
Bart Van de Vyver relates his experience of technology transfer when he left CERN to create a start-up company exploiting biotechnology research.
Software development is more than engineering and still needs the human factor to be successful, says Federico Carminati.
In 2005, more than ever, we must continue to nurture fundamental research if we are to sustain technology, argue Manjit Dosanjh and Hans Hoffmann.
Simon Singh believes that the best way for scientists to interest the public may be to forget the unknown and amaze them with what they know.
Luciano Maiani, former director-general of CERN, looks into a “very cloudy” crystal ball and argues the case for a future global accelerator network.