Beatrice Lugger

Nature Lindau video: Is dark matter real?

The morning after CERN announces the discovery of the Higgs particle, three young physicists sit down with Nobel prizewinners George Smoot and Martinus Veltman to digest the news.

Markus Pössel


Ich war anfangs (z.B. hier) eher skeptisch gegenüber dem Rummel, der sich da rund um die CERN-Entdeckung zu entfalten begann. Das Higgs also – na und? Aber inzwischen haben mich die Kollegen mit ihrer Begeisterung angesteckt. Hier in Lindau saßen wir zwar nicht direkt an der CERN-Quelle, aber hatten trotzdem einzigartige Chancen, eine Vielfalt von […]

Beatrice Lugger

Higgs boson and CERN stir up excitement at Lindau

The news that scientists at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN have discovered a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson, which may explain how matter attains its mass, excited and energized the Laureates

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


Martinus Veltman, das Higgs-Boson und die Grenzen der Experimente

Was ich über das Standardmodell der Teilchenphysik weiß, verdanke ich vor allem einem Buch – dem sehr empfehlenswerten “Facts and Mysteries in Elementary Particle Physics” des Physik-Nobelpreisträgers Martinus Veltman. Nun, ein paar Jahre später, scheint mit dem Higgs-Boson der Schlussstein des Standardmodells zum greifen nahe, und für mich gibt es zu dieser Gelegenheit keinen besseren […]

Kelly Oakes

Researcher profile: Heather Gray on life at CERN

Heather Gray, originally from South Africa and currently working at CERN, is one of the attendees producing a video diary to document her time at the Lindau meeting this year. I caught up with her over email just before the start of the meeting to find out what a day’s work at CERN is really like – […]

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 […]