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Wolfgang Pauli is seen here with his former teacher Arnold Sommerfeld attending a conference on the electron theory of metals in Geneva, 1518 October 1934. The conference proceedings don’t mention any leisure activities, but these included a cable car trip up the nearby Salève mountain to enjoy views of Geneva town, the lake and the Alps. The Salève is in France and Sommerfeld had no French visa, so conference organiser Jean Weiglé obligingly smuggled him up to join the others in his car. 

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Official 25th anniversary celebrations were held on 25 June, but the fun and games happened on CERN’s real birthday, 29 September. As well as sports, sideshows, films, and Genevan Pipes and Drums, there was Happy Birthday, CERN, written and recorded for the occasion at Fermilab.


Verse three goes like this:

“Here's the toast we're proposing:    

may your future be greater,  

  And the budget imposing for your  

  next accelerator;    

May your staff be effective and   

your beams full of pep, 

  May you gain your objective of  

  constructing the LEP!” 


If you can bear to read more, scroll down to page four here - and take a look at one of one of the star attractions at the same time: the Fire Brigade’s 20-metre rescue chute.

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World Scientific is going to present its publications for 2 days near Restaurant 1.

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Springer is going to present its publications for 2 days near Restaurant 1.

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CERN, the European Laboratory for particle physics, regularly makes the news. What kind of research happens at this international laboratory and how does it impact people's daily lives? Why is the discovery of the Higgs boson so important? Particle physics describes all matter found on Earth, in stars and all galaxies but it also tries to go beyond what is known to describe dark matter, a form of matter five times more prevalent than the known, regular matter. How do we know this mysterious dark matter exists and is there a chance it will be discovered soon? About sixty countries contributed to the construction of the gigantic Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN and its immense detectors. Dive in to discover how international teams of researchers work together to push scientific knowledge forward. Here is a book written for every person who wishes to learn a little more about particle physics, without requiring prior scientific knowledge. It starts from the basics to build a solid understanding of current research in particle physics. A good dose of curiosity is all one will need to discover a whole world that spans from the infinitesimally small and stretches to the infinitely large, and where imminent discoveries could mark the dawn of a huge revolution in the current conception of the material world.

"Who cares about particle physics",  by Pauline Gagnon,  Oxford University Press, 2016, ISBN 9780198783244
Thursday 15/09/2016 at 1600 in the Library (Bldg. 52-1-052)

Coffee will be served at 1530.

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What does it have in common Swiss filmmaker Alain Tanner, Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges, french philosopher Voltaire, Spanish writer Cervantes, English playwright Shakespeare and Particle Physics? 


El Universo en un puñado de átomos is a chronicle about the relationship between literature, arts, science and technology around HEP. As a novelist interested in public understanding of science, author started these diary of the journey into the atom in April of 1992 interviewing Leon Lederman at Fermilab, later he visited DESY and finally, since 1998, he came to CERN and did "lab life", sometimes spending several weeks, even months, at CERN. Every year since then he have been interviewing particle hunters as many as he could. So, this book is supported by their testimonies given formally and informally (at the kitchen in the hostel, in the corridors, in the restaurants). It is a book written by an eyewitness who enjoys this "coven" of scientific knowledge. 

He tells the story of detectors and accelerators, rarely told in Spanish. It is a tribute to all of those trying to show us a version of a hidden reality.

The very same title has to do with Shakespeare´s play Hamlet. In Act II he replies to his comrades Rosencrantz and Guidenstern:
Ros. Why, then your ambition makes it one;
'tis too narrow for your mind.
Ham. O God! I could be bounded in a nut- 
shell, and count myself a king of infinite space, 
were it not that I have bad dreams. 

Therefore, it is a very Shakespearean and Cervantine book, because they just wanted to relate a good story. And this is the purpose of this book: relate an exciting, peculiar story.

The author has a wide audience among young readers in Spanish.

 "El Universo en un puñado de átomos" by Carlos Chimal, México, Tusquets, 2016


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The CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication will be held at University of Geneva in June 21st-23rd 2017.

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The schools help to:

  • Establish the scientific presence of African Universities on the Internet
  • Provide scientific and educational content
  • Extend contacts to other fields of science and further partners
  • Provide training in setting up and operating institutional e-repositories

Objectives of the school are to become familiar with all principles related to open access and open knowledge, and also with practical solutions for setting up and running digital libraries.

Programme will cover the following topics:

  • Installation and configuration of an open source digital library
  • Introduction to web technologies
  • Introduction to information retrieval (IR)
  • Open access principles
  • Operation of institutional repositories
  • Maintenance and upgrade of digital libraries

More information:

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The CERN Bookshop is going to be present at the 4th edition of TEDxCERN. Visit the bookstand!

Books by and recommended by the speakers will be available:

  • The future of the brain / Gary Marcus and Jeremy Freeman (eds.)
  • Powerless science? Science and politics in a toxic world / Soraya Boudia and Nathalie Jas (eds.)
  • Technoscience and environmental justice / Gwen Ottinger and Benjamin R. Cohen (eds.)
  • Kluge : the haphazard construction of the human mind / Gary Marcus
  • Guitar zero : the science of becoming musical at any age / Gary Marcus

and many more!

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The Association of International Librarians and Information Specialists (AILIS), the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, and the CERN Scientific Information Service will be pleased to have you join us for our next Library Science Talk.

Ruben Verborgh, of Ghent University, will speak on the topic "Linked Data and Sustainable Publication."

The talk will take place at 15:30 on Monday, 5 December at CERN. Registration is required.


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