Luciano Maria Barone
Einstein radically altered how we understand the physical universe. In the century since the publication of one of his most important theories, we still have trouble imagining a reality that has been proved many times.
The confirmation of the mysterious particle known as the Higgs boson, which scientists have been looking to prove for decades, is an example of a once-in-a-generation discovery that will leave an indelible mark on how scientists understand reality.
Big science is now so big that the major experiments need vast collaborative and often transnational efforts. With so many variables involved, the potential for a glitch is inevitable. Managing the diffusion of experimental results in the age of internet has become part of the process.