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.
The director of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) looks to future challenges as the institution celebrates its 40th anniversary.
François de Rose recalls the first discussions that ultimately led to the birth of CERN.
For David P Anderson, project leader of SETI@home, the future of scientific computing is public.
The European Particle Accelerator Conference, EPAC, has developed a distinctive role on the world stage, explains Christine Petit-Jean-Genaz, the EPAC conferences coordinator.
Alexandru Mihul believes that the distribution of data from large laboratories to smaller institutes for longer term analysis has benefits for all.
Outreach should be recognized as a natural part of scientific research, and hence of its funding, argues Erik Johansson.
CERN’s new director-general, Robert Aymar, believes that the CERN Council should strengthen its mission to “sponsor co-operation” in particle physics across Europe.
In hosting the recent RSIS conference, CERN took a bold step into the global policy arena. Manjit Dosanjh, John Ellis and Hans Hoffmann explain why.
Earlier this year 14 Nobel laureates wrote to the president of the CERN Council to encourage the member states to support some non-LHC research and R&D on future detectors and accelerators. Here we print their letter and the reply from the president of Council, Maurice Bourquin, and the director-general of CERN, Luciano Maiani.
Restrictions on travel to the US are having a damaging impact on international scientific collaboration, as Vera Lüth explains.
Basic research, such as particle physics, not only attracts much needed young people to science, it also provides valuable training, says Maurice Jacob.
Harry McConnell, director of the Interactive Health Network and chief executive officer of the International eHealth Association, explains why communication technologies are so important for health and development in Africa.
Onno Purbo, a prominent Indonesian IT expert, sees a self-financed, bottom-up Internet infrastructure as the key to achieving a knowledge-based society in developing countries.
Maurice Jacob, a former president of the European Physical Society, argues that a future dynamic economy will depend on a strong physics base.
Three researchers working in the new field of astroparticle physics argue the case for making the data from astroparticle experiments public.
Abdus Salam believed that the gap between rich and poor nations is one of science and technology. His former student Riazuddin describes efforts to bridge that gap.
A new institute at Stanford comes at just the right time, says Roger Blandford, future director of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology.
European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang explains how his training in particle physics at CERN prepared him for a career in space.
Ultra-high performance distributed computing software is vital for a successful LHC physics programme. This presents a challenge and an opportunity, says Robert Eisenstein.
Originally an accelerator laboratory, LBNL now covers a broad range of fields. Deputy director Pier Oddone outlines the vibrancy of the multidisciplinary approach.
Practical, affordable yet unique and exciting new accelerator facilities could advance vital research capabilities for nano- and bioscience, says Swapan Chattopadhyay.
It’s about time particle physics laboratories collaborated in their communication, says Judy Jackson.
Big science needs its own brand of globalization, argues chairman of the DESY directorate, Albrecht Wagner.
As scientific facilities become larger and more costly, so the management challenge grows. CERN director-general Luciano Maiani says that lessons learned from the LHC cost overrun will ultimately benefit the Geneva laboratory and help secure its future.
Although the application of accelerators to science grew in the early 20th century, Maury Tigner says that further technical advances depend on greater intellectual input.
While international collaboration has become the backbone of Big Science, national
undercurrents could erode these achievements. Thomas Walcher looks at some of the
potential problems for physics journals.