What I Learned From My Visit to CERN

On July 25, 2015, I had all the stars lined up in my favor as they say. At least, that’s what it felt like!

On that day, I was fortunate enough to visit the biggest research facility in Europe, also known as the almighty CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Located on the Swiss-French border on the outskirts of Geneva, CERN operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.

Needless to say that I, the biggest non-initiated particle physics fan in my corner of the world, have been dreaming of this visit for six years. To be precise, ever since I first heard about the Higgs boson, a couple of years prior to its discovery. But we shall talk about that in due time. 
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The Information, by James Gleick: A Review

The books which surprise you the most often are books you have never read about, written by authors you have never heard of, upon which you stumble unsuspectedly. I can recall only one such case prior to the book I am reviewing today: “The Shadow of the Wind”, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, currently my favorite fiction novel.

Indeed, I had never heard of James Gleick or his books when I found a peculiar black-and-white paperback on a dusty shelf during the annual “Braderie du Livre” at the USJ-CSM campus, a book clearance/sale kind-of event. Being a hunter and devourer of books tackling scientific subjects in a literary style, I immediately picked it up and added it to my ever-growing science book collection. This proved to be a good decision.

The book I am talking about is called: “The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood”.  Continue reading “The Information, by James Gleick: A Review”

The Future of Formula Racing

Technology and Formula cars is a match made in heaven, and you need not be an expert to know it: the masterful pairing of the sleek aerodynamic carbon-fiber body and one of the most powerful internal combustion engines in the world is the key ingredient to the beast that is known as Formula One.

But in the present era, sustainability is of concern to the world, and all sectors are searching for ways to go “green”. Always up for the challenge, The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has sanctioned, as of 2012, a new class of auto racing, called Formula E. Continue reading “The Future of Formula Racing”

The Deception of My Life

People often talk about their deceptions in life: their parents, their partner, their children, their friends, their careers… or lack thereof. Life is indeed sweet and sour, but we should always seek to make lemonade!

My biggest deception in life is not in any way the people around me – thankfully -, nor my career (lilliputian in size).

It’s my earphones. Continue reading “The Deception of My Life”