symmetry magazine

dimensions of particle physics

dimensions of particle physics

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication



November 2014

  • November 24, 2014
    commentary: Creating a spark
    Science has a long history of creativity generated through collaboration between fields.

April 2014

  • April 24, 2014
    commentary: Massive thoughts
    The Higgs boson and the neutrino fascinate the general public and particle physicists alike. Why is that?

October 2013

  • October 24, 2013
    commentary: The big questions
    Through the “Snowmass” process, US particle physicists thoroughly considered the field’s most compelling unanswered questions and ways to realistically answer them.

February 2013

  • February 21, 2013
    commentary: Being unreasonable: the value of pure science
    The “unreasonable demands” of pure research are an essential driver for technology, enriching our bodies, minds and pocketbooks.
  • February 7, 2013
    commentary: The power of basic science
    Long-term funding and support for science pays huge dividends from unexpected discoveries and applications—even when the potential impact is unclear at the time of discovery.

July 2012

February 2012

  • February 1, 2012
    commentary: Jim Siegrist: Forging ahead toward the frontiers
    It''s a challenging time for particle physics in the United States. The outlook for federal spending for physics research—indeed for all of science—is uncertain.

May 2011

  • May 1, 2011
    commentary: John Galayda: Adventures of a light-source bum
    I got involved in particle accelerators as a graduate student because I wanted to work in an area that had the potential to have a positive impact on people's lives in 10 to 20 years.

February 2011

  • February 1, 2011
    commentary: Courtney Williams: Luring young people with high-energy physics
    As I sat in secondary-school physics lessons, I couldn't wait for it all to be over. My interest in physics had been diluted to homeopathic levels by rote learning and mindless calculations. I was ready to give up and become a medic.

October 2010

  • October 1, 2010
    commentary: Doug Sarno: Why science labs should engage their neighbors
    When I began my professional life as a civil engineer, I thought that I would spend my career building bridges. As it turned out, that's what I'm doing—only the bridges that I help build are very different from those I studied in engineering school.

August 2010

  • August 1, 2010
    commentary: Dennis Kovar: Particle physics and America'’s future
    These are extraordinary times for particle physics, remarkable not only for the scientific discoveries that could be in store, but also for the very real opportunities to address critical issues confronting our nation.

June 2010

  • June 1, 2010
    commentary: Becky Parker: A student research network built on a chip
    What inspired you in physics? Was it the curriculum at school? For me it was a lecture about Mars that Carl Sagan gave at the Royal Institution; it was 1977, and he invited the audience—I was watching on the TV—to have tea with him on Mars.

April 2010

February 2010

  • February 1, 2010
    commentary: Lucia Votano: An auspicious time for Gran Sasso
    In September 2009, I began my new assignment as director of the Gran Sasso National Laboratory, the biggest underground laboratory in the world devoted to neutrino and astroparticle physics.

December 2009

  • December 1, 2009
    commentary: Deb Wieber: Reconnecting with Fermilab
    I am not a physicist, scientist, or any other “ist” that I can think of, but Fermilab has been a recurring theme in my life. It began as an interesting footnote back when my husband and I became a couple, and unexpectedly jumped back into our lives 31 years later.

October 2009

  • October 1, 2009
    commentary: Robert W. Hamm: Industries thrive on particle beams
    In a recent commentary ("Bosons and grocery bags", symmetry May 09), Fermilab Director Pier Oddone pointed out that most Americans don't recognize accelerators, such as those used for medical therapy, as valuable by-products of particle physics research. I would like to suggest that people are even less aware of the impact one particular class of accelerators has on the economy and on our quality of life. These are commonly known as industrial accelerators.

August 2009

  • August 1, 2009
    commentary: Youhei Morita
    When I was a kid, I used to watch animations on TV and read Manga magazines a lot. As you can imagine, my parents were not very enthusiastic about it at all. "Benkyo shinasai!" meaning "Study hard (rather than wasting time on such things)!" was their automatic, second-nature scolding.

July 2009

  • July 1, 2009
    commentary: Karin Fornazier Guimares: Micro blogging for a macro science network
    From the beginning, science and communication have been connected. Writing is a good exercise for inquiring minds; this is not just a saying, but a fact. If you look at scientific biographies, you probably will find mention of a notebook in which the scientist writes down ideas, questions, and quick observations. Those notes give us a perspective on what the scientist was doing at the time.

May 2009

  • May 1, 2009
    commentary: Pier Oddone: Bosons and grocery bags
    In a March 1 Op-Ed piece in the New London Day, former Connecticut Congressman Bob Simmons raised concerns about provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the so-called stimulus bill.

March 2009

  • March 1, 2009
    commentary: Jessica Reed: Custodians of the strong force
    In high school, I was singularly focused on building a life in math, physics, and philosophy. I was drawn to the purity of ideas, their remoteness from everyday life. I wanted to be elevated from the mundane.