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Print edition: November 2008


The large hadron computer

Plans for dealing with the torrent of data from the Large Hadron Collider’s detectors have made the CERN particle-physics lab, yet again, a pioneer in computing as well as physics. Andreas Hirstius describes the challenges of processing and storing data in the age of petabyte science

A new view of particle physics

CERN engineer Sergio Cittolin depicts the Large Hadron Collider as Leonardo da Vinci might have seen it

The digital universe

Seth Lloyd looks at the possibility of solving the conundrum of quantum gravity with the tools of information and computation


Newton's very own Hawking

Out of this world

Watch this space

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Heat change gives spin current

'Stamp' produces bendy, transparent solar cells

Water waves coast to safety

Physicists pull off the gecko's feat

Sound technique to unplug oil pipes

News & Analysis

Particle theorists scoop Nobel prize

LHC, still out of action, officially launches

Chandrayaan-1 mission blasts off to the Moon

US reopens nuclear trade with India

Europe plans €1bn laser-fusion project

Pair take top science posts

First commercial quantum network tested in Vienna

Optical textile tests MRI patients from afar

Hubble rebooted after electrical fault

US physicists face fresh budget crisis

Singapore opens 'Fusionopolis'

Sweden pushes X-rays to the MAX

Astroparticle road map unveiled

Media darling

Virgin's Knight tackles climate change


Rip up the rule book

The decree limiting the Nobel Prize for Physics to three people should be abandoned


Has Bush been good for science?

As US President George W Bush’s eight-year term in office comes to an end, his official science advisor John H Marburger argues that science in the US is flourishing following a decade of increased federal spending

Critical Point

Beauty and the beast

In his 100th column for Physics World, Robert P Crease examines the Large Hadron Collider – the biggest physics experiment of all time – and wonders whether we can call it “beautiful”


Ups and downs for Chinese scientists

Getting lost in the 'Map of physics'

Deeper UK funding cuts

Plasma physics goes beyond fusion

'M' for medical isotopes

Kipling revisited


Nature's statute book

John Taylor looks at the top laws in science

Blog life: The Adventures of My Pet Hamster

Steve Sekula on running but going nowhere

Paranoia, amateur style

Its and bits, lightly

Quantifying doom and gloom

From Mumbai to the Moon


One year left to go

As they enter their final year of undergraduate study, six students from around the globe share with Physics World their perspectives on physics, their courses and the future

Once a physicist: Subhankar Banerjee

From physics to Arctic photography

Young scientists fly high

Developing-world physics

Movers and shakers

Lateral Thoughts

Universal cause for celebration