Fermilab’s iconic Cockcroft-Waltons are on their last mission. In 2012, the elephantine generators will join the cyclotron magnet in the annals of accelerator history. This will make room for a top-of-the-line system only a few yards in length.
For the Japanese samurai, the long-bladed katana sword embodied honor and the prestige of their warrior class. For Jon Kellar, metallurgical engineering professor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, it embodies a perfect design project for his students.
In 2008, Fermilab particle astrophysicist Craig Hogan made waves with a mind-boggling proposition: The 3D universe in which we appear to live is no more than a hologram. Now he is building the most precise clock of all time to directly measure whether our reality is an illusion.
on the cover Physics, architecture and nature intersect at the Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland, created by noted architect and designer Charles Jencks (see Gallery). As our cover shows, it’s also a place where creative people from physics and the arts intersect. From left: Rolf Heuer, director general of the European particle physics laboratory, CERN; Peter Higgs, theoretical physicist and co-inventor of the Higgs boson; and Charles Jencks. masthead Editor-in-Chief David Harris Deputy Editor Glennda Chui
From ATLAS to Antarctica, photographer Stanley Greenberg has travelled the world in a high-energy treasure hunt for the shapes of physics. In a book of photographs to be published next year, Greenberg will show the results of his five-year photography tour of detectors and accelerators across the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Japan and Antarctica.