symmetry magazine

dimensions of particle physics

dimensions of particle physics

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication



April 2015

September 2013

August 2013

  • August 30, 2013
    contest: Why does particle physics matter?
    Watch a compilation of many scientists' explanations of the importance of particle physics. 
  • August 20, 2013
    contest: Why particle physics matters
    Particle physicists give short explanations of why they do what they do. Vote for your favorite!

June 2013

May 2013

August 2012

  • August 2, 2012
    contest: Symmetry readers find the Higgs boson
    Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider weren’t the only ones to discover a Higgs-like particle. When we asked symmetry breaking readers to send us their own evidence of a Higgs boson, they sent a massive outpouring of creative candidates.

February 2012

  • February 14, 2012
    contest: My entangled heart
    Readers who submitted to our "My Physical Romance” readers' challenge found love through physics and, sometimes, physics through love. But in all scenarios, they show the passion that physics can inspire.
  • February 7, 2012
    contest: Reader challenge: My physical romance
    Before next week’s holiday, we at Symmetry Breaking want to know about your affair with physics. Send us a love letter (or “Dear John” letter) about your research, a playful pun about a physical concept, or a story about a connection you’ve made with a fellow scientist. Post your comments here or send them to [email protected] We will publish our favorites on Feb. 14.

September 2008

August 2008

September 2007

  • September 1, 2007
    contest: RESULTS! The particles of our readers’ imaginations
    We asked you to use Roz Chast’s cover of the May issue of symmetry as inspiration to go beyond the elementary particles already discovered or theorized and tell us about the particles of your dreams. The dozens of responses were clever, funny, and insightful.

August 2007

  • August 1, 2007
    contest: Particle sudoku: Solution
    Did you find last month's sudoku tough? Word from our readers is that the puzzle in the Jun/Jul 07 issue of symmetry was much more difficult than a regular sudoku.
  • August 1, 2007
    contest: Contest: Where has your symmetry been?
    Our readers live in all parts of the globe, from Alaska to Wyoming; from Argentina to Zimbabwe. But when a copy of symmetry lands in a mailbox, that's often not the end of its journey. We have heard stories of symmetry being read in some quite surprising places, including hiking trails and nude beaches.

July 2007

  • July 1, 2007
    contest: Call to action:
 Help us compile a physics life list

    Bird watchers have life lists of sightings. We think fans of particle physics need a checklist of their own, full of not-to-be missed places, experiences, and artifacts.
  • July 1, 2007
    contest: Particle sudoku
    Sudoku is so 2005, but this logic puzzle still has plenty of fans. Invented in 1979 by an American, the puzzle really took off in Japan. In the years since, it has distracted aficionados daily, appearing in the pages of newspapers worldwide alongside the traditional crossword puzzle.

May 2007

  • May 1, 2007
    contest: Name that particle
    Cartoonist Roz Chast has busted the field of particle physics wide open with her pioneering cover for this issue of symmetry. We say it's about time: Why limit ourselves to the same old list of particles that have actually been discovered, or at least properly theorized? So here's the challenge: Invent an elementary particle.

October 2005

  • October 1, 2005
    contest: SLAC Summer Institute: Relativity contest
    This year, the SLAC Summer Institute, a two-week-long series of physics lectures for young scientists, focused on gravity and Einstein's theories of relativity. Even though there has never been any observation that violates special or general relativity, many physicists believe that Einstein's theories are not the final word. Hence a contest among participants of the Summer Institute asked for answers to the question above.