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Origins: the early days of CERN

Origins: the early days of CERN

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...

The 1980s: spurring collaboration

The 1980s: spurring collaboration

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 ...

Greater than the sum of the parts

Greater than the sum of the parts

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...

A celebration of science for peace

A celebration of science for peace

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...

The changing world of EPJC

The changing world of EPJC

As the field of high-energy physics moves inexorably towards full open access, under the SCOAP3 agreement (CERN Courier November 2012 p6), it is worth noting a fact that is often overlooked by the sci...

The incomprehensibility principle

The incomprehensibility principle

Educators and psychologists invented the term “attention span” to describe the length of time anyone can concentrate on a particular task before becoming distracted. It is a useful term bu...

ESO and CERN – 50 years later

ESO and CERN – 50 years later

1948: The 5 m Hale telescope is inaugurated in Palomar, California. 1954: At the instigation of Jan Oort and Walter Baade, a group of renowned European astronomers meets to discuss how, by poolin...

An important day for science

An important day for science

On 4 July 2012, particle physics was headline news around the world thanks to a scientific success story that began over 60 years ago. It was a great day for science and a great day for huma...

From ionization of air to beyond the LHC

From ionization of air to beyond the LHC

In August, some 100 physicists will gather at Bad Saarow in Germany to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of cosmic rays by the Austrian scientist, Victor Hess. The meeting place is close t...

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