"CERN: Science Bridging Cultures" by Marilena Streit-Bianchi

You may have noticed, in the CERN Bulletin of 19 April 2018, the announcement of the presentation of the book “CERN: Science Bridging Cultures” to the Ambassador of Mozambique to the United Nations. For those of you who were unable to attend this CERN Alumni, Marilena Streit Bianchipresentation or have not yet had time to read this book, I present here for ECHO some aspects of this publication and explain how it came about.

Having worked at CERN for 41 years, I have witnessed many changes in the Organization. One thing has always permeated the spirit of the people working at CERN, at all levels: their interest in knowledge overcomes any barrier of origin, gender, language or religion. Now retired, I found that the time had come to highlight that CERN is not just a physics laboratory in quest of the unknown and where elementary particles are discovered and studied. By giving a glimpse of the laboratory’s various activities, I wanted to pay tribute to the mixture of diversity, capacities and humanity that CERN represents.

To this end, I have asked several CERN members to contribute in areas such as fundamental physics research, accelerators, experiments and physicists, information technologies, knowledge transfer and technological spin-offs, as well as the relationship between CERN and peace, CERN and art, and finally the role of science in society. Each contribution has been kept short, maximum four pages, and is easy to read.

I would like to point out that this book would not have been possible without the volunteer work of the contributors1 who wrote about their own work or field of activity, but also of the many people who contributed to the translation into the different languages. In addition, artists of different nationalities2 were invited to illustrate the work done at CERN.

I am very grateful to the Staff Association for allowing us to hold the exhibition "A Master of Drawing in Black and White - Justino António Cardoso" in July 2018, thus giving great visibility to the works of this Mozambican artist, giving him the opportunity to show his original drawings which illustrate, with an African touch, CERN's research activities and take a fresh and uncontaminated look3 at CERN's activities.

You can download this book for free from Zenodo, the open and free digital archive of CERN and OpenAIRE. The book is now available in English, French, Italian and Portuguese; from next month it will also be available in Spanish and German. This book is available in several languages so that it can be widely distributed to teachers and students in different countries, so that they can get to know CERN and appreciate why it is good to be able to work there.

Don't forget, if you liked this book, to tell your friends and your children's teachers so that they too can read it and share it with them.

[1] By chapter order: Marilena Streit-Bianchi, Emmanuel Tsesmelis, John Ellis, Lucio Rossi, Ana Maria Henriques Correia and João Martins Correia, Frédéric Hemmer, Giovanni Anelli, João Varela, Arthur I. Miller and Rolf Heuer.

[2] Davide Angheleddu (Italy), Justino António Cardoso (Mozambique), Margarita Cimadevila (Spain), Angelo Falciano (Italy), Michael Hoch (Austria), Karen Panman (Nederlands), Islam Mahmoud Sweity (Palestine) Wolfgang Trettnak (Austria).

[3] Justino António Cardoso was for the first time outside Africa when he visited CERN for 5 days. He had never had any contact before with high-energy physics or with physicists.


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