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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...

The strength of worldwide collaboration

The strength of worldwide collaboration

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 differen...

Latin America comes to CERN

Latin America comes to CERN

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...

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...

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