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Nadine Gärber

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The definitive guide on applying for LNLM15 as a young scientist.

Kathleen Raven

‘Chemistry and physics: one needs the other’

“Quantum theory has opened to us the microscopic world of particles, atoms and photons,” explained Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche, who shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics with David Wineland. In this sentence, Haroche answered why two physicists certainly belong onstage at the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for chemistry. Haroche’s talk, called ‘Controlling Photons […]

Kelly Oakes

How most of the universe was lost

When Brian Schmidt got his PhD in astrophysics in 1993, he was one of less than a handful of people that year that graduated with a thesis on supernovae. Five years later, still working on exploding stars, he would be part of one of two teams that independently discovered that the universe was not only expanding, […]

Kelly Oakes

Heather Gray: chaotic starts and Higgs excitement

Heather Gray, a researcher working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN, was at this year’s Lindau meeting. I spoke to her over email before it started to find out about her expectations, and afterwards she told me about her impressions of the meeting and what it was like to watch the announcement from CERN with other […]

Markus Pössel

Higgs search update: basics and subtleties

I admit to having been skeptical. The Higgs – so what? It’s not like this was unexpected. But the Lindau meeting is a good place to get many different perspectives on the new discovery: watching the CERN press conference, attending Lindau’s own press conference with Carlo Rubbia, David Gross and Martinus Veltman, listening to the […]

Juan García-Bellido

Science Master Classes with David Gross at Lindau

 Two years ago at Lindau they started a new type of session called Master Class, in analogy with those offered by great masters, invited by the best music schools in the world. In this case it is Nobel laureates that listen and give advice to the select group of students who have come to Lindau. […]

Alexander Bastidas Fry

Hall and Hänsch on Lasers

Some fifty years ago the first lasers were developed. They were seen as a curious diversion of physics by some, but since that time they have proved to be a success story of science theory and application. The original nascent concepts of how light behaved were discovered by James Clerk Maxwell just before the 20th […]

Juan García-Bellido

The discovery of the Higgs occupies the minds of everyone in Lindau

Today, 4th of July 2012, has been a very long but exciting day. I was here in Lindau, writing my last blog at one o’clock in the morning, when I received an email from a colleague who warned me of a leak from CERN that appeared in the British newspaper The Telegraph, showing an unauthorized […]

Markus Pössel

Before the master class: Josh Dillon

The Lindau meetings have certain traditions – the polonaise comes to mind; the exclusivity (laureates and young researchers only!) of the afternoon discussion sessions; the boat ride. But now and again, Lindau tries something new. From 2010, I remember an "inverse panel", with Nobel laureates interviewing a panel of young researchers instead of the other […]

Kelly Oakes

Tricking nature to give up its secrets

By their very nature, those discoveries that most change the way we think about nature cannot be anticipated This was Douglas Osheroff’s claim at the start of his lecture on Wednesday morning, where he promised to tell the young researchers at Lindau “how advances in science are made”. In his talk Osheroff offered five things […]

Beatrice Lugger

How Advances in Science are made – Douglas Osheroff

Today Douglas Osheroff discussed his view of “How Advances in Science are Made” at the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Some days before the meeting I had a short email conversation with him, where we chatted about his finding, the need of interdisciplinarity of sciences and how he advanced in science. Osheroff was awarded the […]

Kelly Oakes

Masterclass with Albert Fert: the future of electronics

"From a dream with atoms and spins and electrons dancing around, to a device that we use in our daily life” is how Albert Fert described the link between fundamental physics and its applications. His talk during the Tuesday morning session at Lindau focused on how fundamental research could be spun off into new electronic […]