Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Routine

We leave Gex, France, just before 9am; I’ve already got one cup of coffee in me, just enough to cut through the fog of having stayed up to midnight working on a project for the ATLAS trigger effort. (It probably … Continue reading Continue reading

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Snapshot: back-of-the-banana physics

Physicists seem to have a reputation, self-made or otherwise, for discussing physics on writing surfaces that are . . . less than typical. The most common phrase for a quick, short, but somewhat accurate calculation is a “back-of-the-envelope calculation,” implying … Continue reading Continue reading

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On the theory of e-mail contraction as distance approaches CERN

Normally, when I wake up in Dallas and get to the point of processing my e-mail, I have 70-100 messages to deal with. That’s because CERN is 7 hours ahead of Dallas, so by the time I wake up half … Continue reading Continue reading

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Stumbling upon CERN

Particle physics is not about traveling, although you tend to travel a lot in this business. It is not about speaking foreign languages or learning foreign customs, although collaboration with colleagues across the globe necessitates both. It is not about … Continue reading Continue reading

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