“Wouldn’t it be cool if we saw a particle go into another dimension? And then come back out?”
Wesley Smith, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin State Journal, September 10, 2008

“I’m not worried. There is no credible calculation to show these microscopic black holes could grow.”
Benjamin Harms, University of Alabama, on the microscopic black holes the LHC could produce, Tuscaloosa News, September 11, 2008

“If 96 percent of the stuff in the universe is foreign to us, it’s pretty interesting for us to ask what that is.”
Gary Hinshaw, NASA, on dark energy, The Washington Post, September 26, 2008

“Switzerland was neutral, and believe it or not, it was cheap. It is still neutral.”
Lyn Evans, CERN, on why CERN was build in Switzerland, The Washington Post, September 11, 2008

“Science is not something you have to go to a laboratory to do. Life is a lab.”
Walter E. Massey, Chicago Sun-Times, September 17, 2008

“This is the first time, as far as I know, that both major candidates for president have responded to a set of questions about science for the public. Both responses are more comprehensive than I had expected.”
Lawrence Krauss, Arizona State University, on Science Debate 2008, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 19, 2008

“This is arguably the largest machine built by humankind, is incredibly complex, and involves components of varying ages and origins, so I’m not at all surprised to hear of some glitches. It’s a real challenge requiring incredible talent, brain power and coordination to get it running.”
Steve Giddings, University of California, Santa Barbara, on delays at the LHC, The Boston Globe, September 19, 2008

“I’m a wanderer. I tend to be maybe too curious about too many things. And most of the time I fail in satisfying that curiosity. But one curiosity leads to another.”
L. Mahadevan, Harvard University, on his scientific interests, The Boston Globe, October 6, 2008

“I think one of the differences between the special election and this election is that most people have a much better idea of who I am.”
Bill Foster, running for re-election to Congress, Associated Press, October 4, 2008

“Theorists say the Higgs is a certainty. I’m an experimentalist; I need to see it.”
Stan Durkin, The Ohio State University, Columbus Dispatch, September 23, 2008

“Our entire world as we know it normally relies on the existence of an up quark and a down quark, an electron and a neutrino. You don’t need anything else to make up our universe. We don’t have any idea why the second and third sets exist.”
Hugh “Brig” Williams, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Inquirer, September 22, 2008

“Real breakthroughs are not found because you want to develop some new technology, but because you are curious and want to find out how the world is.”
Anton Zeilinger, University of Vienna, on quantum cryptography, BBC News Online, October 9, 2008

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November 2008 (Volume 17, Number 10)

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Articles in this Issue
Public Affairs Report Examines Nuclear Weapons Policy
LaserFest to Celebrate 50 Years of Laser Innovation
2008 Nobel Prize Goes to Nambu, Kobayashi and Maskawa for Work on Broken Symmetries
APS Awards First Industrial Physics Prize to Philip J. Wyatt
Bringing a Sun to Earth: Briefing Explains ITER Fusion Experiment
Board Passes New Policies on Unit Newsletters, Committee Funding Requests
Meeting Briefs
Mass Media Fellows Describe Their Experiences
Noyce Scholarships to Aid Selected Physics Teachers
MGM Recipients Achieve MacArthur Trifecta
Physics Bachelor's and PhDs Continue to Trend Upward
Letters
Viewpoint
Inside the Beltway
The Back Page
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science