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"symmetry" magazine launched by Fermilab and SLAC
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
October 27, 2004 -- A new particle physics magazine, "symmetry", is launched today by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, two of the US Department of Energy's national laboratories.
"symmetry" will explore the diverse dimensions of particle physics and its links with other aspects of science, policy and culture. The magazine will be published in print and electronic versions 10 times per year. All content is available online at http://www.symmetrymagazine.org
"This is one of the most exciting periods ever in particle physics; unexpected results have stimulated our appetite for new discoveries," says the magazine's editor-in-chief David Harris. "Many of the fundamental questions about the universe will likely find answers in the collaboration of particle physics with widely separated scientific disciplines. 'symmetry' explores these connections."
In the lead commentary, Director of the Department of Energy's Office of Science, Dr. Ray Orbach says, "The new magazine will be living proof that even the most esoteric stories can be told in an engaging and accessible way. But 'symmetry' will not only be a place for sharing the sense of wonder of the scientific enterprise; it will also provide the means for the science community's constituents to respond and share their own views."
The new magazine is accessible to a broad audience, including non-scientists. In the inaugural issue, features look at how a panel came to recommend the "cold" superconducting technology for a proposed International Linear Collider, and the challenges of detecting neutrinos, the most elusive of the known particles, deep under Antarctic ice and the Mediterranean Sea. Another feature examines how the increasingly international nature of particle physics affects families, in terms of both difficulties and opportunities.
Other sections of the magazine include commentaries, essays, and graphical explorations of the devices, people and history of particle physics and related sciences.
The magazine is jointly published by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, funded by the US Department of Energy's Office of Science, and replaces their previous publications "FermiNews" and "Beam Line". The magazine is free to all readers and both print and electronic subscriptions can be requested via http://www.symmetrymagazine.org