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Juan García-Bellido

Particle physics Nobel laureates are prepared to receive the Higgs in Lindau

Five minutes before the morning session we see three Nobel laureates – Tini Veltman, Carlo Rubbia and David Gross – moving around eachother next to the stand, preparing their laptops for the presentations, later displayed on the huge screens of Lindau Auditorium. Rubbia seems angry with the others because they are using his Mac connector. […]

Beatrice Lugger

Pros and Cons of building particle accelerators – Werner Heisenberg

The world is looking at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will make an announcement about the Higgs boson, Wednesday July 4th. Speculations and rumors already run around the world. In such hectic times it often is helpful to take a look back. Therefore I recommend to watch a famous […]

Lou Woodley

Climate change – challenges, concerns and communication

If the first session of plenary lectures focusing on cosmology made us feel somewhat insignificant compared to the huge time scales involved in studying the universe, the second set of talks underlined how dramatic man’s impact on Earth has been and the challenges facing scientists in communicating this.     "The warming of the climate […]

Alexander Bastidas Fry

Prospects for the Higgs Boson Discovery

Tomorrow physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will make an announcement and while we don’t know exactly what the will announce there is good reason to speculate it will be the discovery of the Higgs boson. The Higgs boson is a particle which mediates the interaction of all matter with the Higgs field […]

Juan García-Bellido

Cosmology opens the Lindau Nobel Meeting

This morning, having rested after the Opening Ceremony at Lindau, and Spain’s fantastic match in the European Cup Final, we have heard wonders from Brian Schmidt – 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the acceleration of the universe – who opened the conference with a very stimulating talk on the Standard Model […]

Beatrice Lugger

Albert O. Juma’s nominator for the Meeting

Lindau Video Diarist Albert Juma of Nairobi, Kenya was nominated to attend the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Physics) by the Helmholtz Centre Berlin. Dr. Thomas Dittrich of the department Heterogeneous Materials Systems explains why the Lindau Nobel meeting is important for the HZB and for young researchers.

Juan García-Bellido

Why are Nobel Prizes important?

There is no other prize in the intellectual realm with the prestige of the Nobel Prizes. They also have a visibility that can hardly be compared to any other. But why are they important? What do they contribute to society? In an age in which we are gradually losing whole sets of values​​, fundamentally humanistic […]

Beatrice Lugger

Pascal Neibecker seeks international inspiration at Lindau

“Building up a network of specialists in my field that I hope will last for a real long time.” Pascal Neibecker of Augsburg, Germany, one of this year’s Lindau Nobel Video Diarists, talks about what he hopes to experience at the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Physics).

Markus Pössel

Catching planets with a laser

At my first Lindau meeting, in 2010, I remember one particular bit of information that caught my attention. It was during the lecture by Theodor Hänsch – apparently there is no video in the mediatheque yet -, who was talking about his prize-winning "frequency combs". The principle is simple: Catch a laser pulse between two […]

Alexander Bastidas Fry

The Size of the Proton Measured with Lasers

A little over a week ago at the Lindau conference Theordor Hanch hinted at new measurements of the size of the proton which may impact the fundamental theory of quantum electrodynamics. Hansch’s lecture was an overview of the history of lasers progressing from our realization of the wave/particle duality nature of light to new research […]

Alexander Bastidas Fry

A Conversation with Gross on the Edge of Knowledge

Before I can get to the conversation with David Gross and the work he did to receive the Nobel Prize for I have to talk about quarks. Three or two quarks in concert together make up a class of particles known as hadrons which include protons and neutrons. Hence the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a collider of protons and […]

Alexander Bastidas Fry

CERN, Dark Energy, and Dark Matter

When you throw together six distinguished physicists (David Gross, John Mather, Carlo Rubbia, George Smoot, Gerardus ’t Hooft, and Martinus Veltman) into debate on what CERN will teach us about the dark energy and dark matter you can’t guarantee the same kind harmony that these physicists strive for in their own theories. There was a majority agreement […]