Running over the same old ground?

Last week I was in CERN for various meetings. Rather unexpectedly, these included one with Roger Waters in which I totally failed to say “Welcome to the Machine” at the right moment.

cern and the jura, from a plane

There’s physics in them thar hills…

The main business was CERN’s Scientific Policy Committee, followed  by Council, and the first meeting of the “European Strategy Group” for particle physics which I mentioned here. As I describe in that article, much attention focusses on whether there is a case for a new big collider, and if so which one?

The LHC has transformed our view of particle physics, partly by discovering the Higgs boson and measuring its properties – especially its mass – and partly by what it has not observed. There were predictions that other new particles would show up at the same time as the Higgs, especially those predicted in an extension of the Standard Model of particle physics called “supersymmetry”. These expectations were not met, and that has led to a few different reactions amongst theorists.

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Catching up

I have been too distracted to write much lately. This is partly due to the demoralising backdrop of UK politics, and partly because I have been having fun with physics and related matters. This is a quick catch up on a few of the good things from that side. I will avoid the politics, not because it isn’t important but because I am sick of it and we all need a break sometimes.

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Review: A Map of the Invisible: Journeys Into Particle Physics by Jon Butterworth

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MapOfTheInvisibleTitle: A Map of the Invisible: Journeys Into Particle Physics
Author: Jon Butterworth
Publisher: Random House UK, Cornerstone
Publication Date: 5th October 2017
Pages: 289
Genres: Non-Fiction,Science, Physics

Rating: ★★★★★

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*I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A Map of the Invisible: Journeys into Particle Physics was an excellent introduction to some of the most complex ideas in particle physics for a non-expert.

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What to focus on. Where to look for the science.

“Broken Symmetries” is an art exhibition at FACT in Liverpool. Spread over galleries on two levels, it provides an audio and visual immersion in a strange frontier of knowledge and its echoes and resonances in wider culture.

The artwork is born of interactions between the science and technology of particle physics, and a number of international artists.

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