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CERN Courier Bookshelf
June 2017
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CERN has the privilege of housing the scientific archive of 1945 Nobel-prizewinning physicist Wolfgang Pauli. This small but historically valuable collection was donated by Pauli’s widow who, with the help of friends, tracked down originals or copies of his numerous letters. This correspondence, with Bohr, Heisenberg, Einstein and others, provides an invaluable resource on the development of 20th century science.


Franca Pauli can be seen here with two of CERN’s founding fathers, Francis Perrin and François de Rose, at the inauguration of CERN’s Pauli Memorial Room (Salle Pauli) on 14 June 1960 (press release, in French). The Archive also includes photographs, manuscripts, notes, and a rare audio recording of Pauli lecturing in 1958. Many items have been digitized and are available online; more information is available here.

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Rafelski presents Special Relativity in a language deemed accessible to students without any topical preparation - avoiding the burden of geometry, tensor calculus, and space-time symmetries – and yet advancing in highly contemporary context all the way to research frontiers. Special Relativity is presented such that nothing remains a paradox or just apparent, but rather is explained. A text of similar character, content, and scope, has not been available before. This book describes Special Relativity when rigid material bodies are introduced describing the reality of body contraction; it shows the relevance of acceleration and the necessary evolution of the theoretical framework when acceleration is critical. This book also presents the evolving views of Einstein about the aether. In addition to a careful and elementary introduction to relativity complete with exercises, worked examples and many discussions, this volume connects to current research topics.

"Relativity matters : from Einstein's EMC2 to laser particle acceleration and quark-gluon plasma", by Jan Rafelski,  Springer, 2017, ISBN 9783319512303

                                                     Coffee will be served at 15.30

CERN Courier Bookshelf
May 2017
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The talk will take place on Monday 12 June at 1600 in the Main Auditorium (Room 500). The talk is part of the series of "Library Science Talks", jointly organized by the Zentralbibliothek Zurich, CERN and the Association of International Librarians and Information Specialists (AILIS).

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On 7 may 1977 Europe inaugurated the world’s largest accelerator – the Super Proton Synchrotron; you can read all about it in the CERN Courier.


But what was happening behind the scenes? Did you know that organising secretary, Miss Steel, set up a massive card index to keep track of the guests, entering all the details on 6,000 colour-coded cards? She also insisted on sending reply cards to the VIPs, even though treating them like ordinary mortals was considered infra dig; she said the higher you go in a hierarchy, the less legible signatures become, and she wanted to know who the replies came from. Logistics were further complicated by differing conceptions between the different countries as to what constituted an “official delegate”. Her unofficial report makes interesting reading too.  

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La mécanique quantique, la cosmologie et la physique des particules fascinent, mais comment ne pas se sentir écrasé sous les montagnes de signes cabalistiques qu'elles manipulent ? Tout simplement en y regardant d'un peu plus près! répond l'auteur, l'un des artisans du LHC, le gigantesque accélérateur du Cern : les équations de la physique sont autant de portes d'entrée pour percer les secrets de l'Univers... Mieux : leur langage universel révèle l'incomparable beauté du monde qui nous entoure.

Bruno Mansoulié est physicien au CEA, où il a dirigé le service de physique des particules. Il travaille au CERN sur l'expérience ATLAS et a largement contribué à la traque, puis à la découverte du boson de Higgs.

Lison Bernet est l'auteur de la BD du LHC:

Bruno Mansoulié va présenter et dedicacer son livre "Toute la physique (ou presque...) en 15 équations", Flammarion, 2017 (ISBN 9782081404267).

Lison Bernet va dédicacer et dessiner pendant la présentation de Bruno Mansoulié.

Le soir du 9/5 a` 20h30 Bruno Mansoulié va donner une conference au Globe: "De l’arc-en-ciel à l’univers (les plus belles équations de la physique)".


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