Harvard Students Join Faculty at CERN to Tackle Physics’ Mysteries

October 14, 2016

Massive ATLAS art mural painted by Josef Kristofoletti directly above the cavern of the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. [© CERN 2016]

Once you know enough math, Harvard Ph.D. student Tony Tong said, you get to know physics. And physics, he said, is simply amazing.

"[Physics] is always helpful to answer the question of 'Why?' Why the skies are blue, why the universe is so big, basic stuff," Tong said. "I'm always curious about those questions and the solution is always so beautiful."

Tong, it seems, had come to the right place. He was speaking on a warm July day in a small courtyard at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, the scientific campus on the outskirts of Geneva that is the world's beating heart for high-energy particle physics...

Read more about Harvard physicists at CERN: Alvin Powell, "They Ponder the Universe" Harvard Gazette, October 12, 2016. http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/10/they-ponder-the-universe/