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Guido Altarelli was a leading figure in 20th century particle physics. His scientific contributions and leadership played a key role in the development of the Standard Model of fundamental interactions, as well as the current search for new physics beyond it, both at and beyond CERN.

This book is a collection of original contributions, at the cutting edge of scientific research, by some of the leading theoretical and experimental high-energy physicists currently in the field. These were inspired by Guido's ideas, whether directly or indirectly. 

Programme :

15:30 - 15:40 : The idea of the book / Aharon Levy

15:40 - 15:50 : From my vast repertoire.... / Stefano Forte

15:50 - 16:00 : Content overview / Giovanni Ridolfi

16:00 - 16:30 : Authors’ contributions and recollections


"From my Vast Repertoire", ed. by S. Forte, A. Levy, G. Ridolfi,  World Scientific, 2018, ISBN 9789813238046                                

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On 4 December 1930, Wolfgang Pauli wrote his famous letter to the ‘Dear radioactive ladies and gentlemen’ postulating a neutral particle to solve the puzzle of missing energy during beta decay. This letter forms the basis of a new work by ART(at)CREATIONS, Liebe Radioaktive Damen und Herren, featuring music composed by Petros Stergiopoulos and Oded Ben-Horin.


Pauli had to wait nearly 26 years for experimental confirmation of the neutrino. As he wrote to its discoverers, Frederick Reines and Clyde Cowan, ‘Everything comes to him who knows how to wait.’

CERN Courier Bookshelf
October 2018
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Setting up CERN’s new technical training courses raised important questions. How far was it CERN’s job to provide this sort of education? Could anyone be persuaded to teach classes when they were already too busy with own work? Would they be any good at it, since most were more used to presenting conference papers and academic lectures?


The training had been requested by CERN’s machine operators, workshop staff and laboratory assistants, and 279 people signed up in the first year. The courses, which included practical demonstrations and exercises, proved very popular and were extended to provide staff with specialist knowledge they could not easily get elsewhere and keep them up to date with modern techniques.


Read more in the December 1962 CERN Courier,

in the June 1962 report to the CERN Council

or in this overview (in French) from 1 June 1967.

CERN Courier Bookshelf
October 2018
CERN library event

The World Scientific Book Fair will take place in the Main Building (bldg. 500) on the ground floor near the Restaurant 1 on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th December 2018.

In the framework of the Book Fair, a presentation by Antonio Ereditato of the book "The State of the Art of Neutrino Physics" is scheduled on 5 December at 3:30 pm in the Library (bldg. 52-1-052). After the book presentation, Antonio Ereditato will also present, as the editor-in-chief, the Open Access journal "Instruments" published by MDPI :

"The State of the Art of Neutrino Physics : A Tutorial for Graduate Students and Young Researchers", ed. by Antonio Ereditato, World Scientific, 2018, ISBN 9789813226081


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The traditional Festschrift was abandoned for Niels Bohr’s 50th birthday, lest he should ‘feel it as his duty to read the contents and even try to learn something.’ Instead, he received the Journal of Jocular Physics.


Future Director-General of CERN, Viki Weisskopf, was a major contributor. His ‘Komplementäre Philosophie des Witzes’ (Complementary Philosophy of Jokes) maintained that humour held a curved mirror to truth, giving a distorted but illuminating insight that challenged our comfortable assumptions in much the same way as one of key tenets of quantum mechanics, complementarity.


Published by the Institute of Theoretical Physics (now the Niels Bohr Institute), the spoof journal contained articles in German, Danish, English, French and Japanese and espoused an attitude of ‘hopeful pessimism and serene preparedness’. Sadly, with Europe moving towards World War 2, contributions from G. Gamow, O. Klein (echoing a bellicose speech by Mussolini) and L. Rosenfeld were omitted, as ‘the possibility of misinterpretation in a political and therefore, not purely jocular sense could not be entirely excluded.’

Library news

Starting on October 1st, during a 3 months trial, the HR department offers unlimited online access to the Bookboon eLibrary of over 600 titles on a wide-range of topics focusing on personal and professional development. Learn how to present confidently and convincingly, master the art of negotiation or simply improve your time management and communication skills.

You will be able to download the eBooks directly as PDF and read them on any device. Based on viewing statistics and feedback, we will explore how to integrate the offer permanently in our learning offer.

The Bookboon ebooks are available on the CERN Learning hub.


CERN Courier Bookshelf
September 2018
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“The formation of the European Physical Society with such a wide membership is a further demonstration of the determination of scientists to collaborate as closely as possible in order to make their positive contribution to the strength of European cultural unity.”


So said Gilberto Bernardini in his inaugural address on 26 September 1968. But it all started with a friendly dinner party in Bologna three years earlier; read Bernardini’s 18 January 1966 letter to Leon Van Hove here.


More information about the history of EPS here

More about the inauguration ceremony here

This photo shows Bernardini enrolling as a member of EPS; see more photos of the inauguration ceremony here


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