That’s a photo of prominent theorist John Ellis from this morning, all ready for his close-up. The past week or so has promoted a lot of the physicists at CERN from particle pion to minor celebrity. It’s a bit of an odd situation for people who spend a lot of their working lives either underground or staring at computer screens.
But most of the people I’ve spoken to so far seem really happy to finally get some recognition. Click here to listen to Monica Dunford, a physicist from the University of Chicago, talking about her experience with the media.