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Our Courier

Our Courier

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 ...

Maintaining an ideal

Maintaining an ideal

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...

Pakistan: fulfilling Salam’s wish

Pakistan: fulfilling Salam’s wish

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 a...

In search of hidden light

In search of hidden light

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 ...

Seeing is believing

Seeing is believing

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 most impo...

Helping CERN to benefit society

Helping CERN to benefit society

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 from ...

CERN: a forward look

CERN: a forward look

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 he...

Theory at CERN turns 62

Theory at CERN turns 62

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 their dad who had been on ...

Thoughts on CERN’s future

Thoughts on CERN’s future

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 moderniza...

A shining light in the Middle East

A shining light in the Middle East

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 t...

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