Physics Today, 15 November 2019

Dr. Fabiola Gianotti re-elected — first time ever a second term as the CERN director-general.

In response to an article about Fabiola Gianotti, the following note was sent to Physics Today:

“Indeed, the Dr. Gianotti is right, “Science has no passport, no political party, no gender.” But, science does have personality, bias, and a natural intransigence. It has an attitude. It has a belief system. And, the fundamentals of that belief system just may not reflect our so-called ‘really real’ universe as well as it could.

“Perhaps Newton threw us off with his ‘absolute’ space and time. Perhaps Leibniz was closer to the truth: We know from the 1999 conference on structure formation at the Newton Institute at Cambridge that Hawking and Guth and so many others were not quite right with their ‘infinitely hot’ start of the universe.

“In 1927 Lemaître’s model, by the way, initially started cold.

“There is still so much we don’t know and so much to learn… let’s take up the challenge to see something more fundamental than space and time, and, particles and waves. All the dimensionless constants, plus the mathematics of Langlands programs and string theory open unexpected doors for a truly mathematical definition of the Planck scale physics as a foundation for CERN-level physics. This time around, let’s bring the two together.”