Inside science’s own Big Bang

2012-12-04 00:00

THE office of theoretical and computational physicist Nicolin Govender at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) in Geneva, Switzerland, is in the same building where Tim Berners-Lee wrote his paper in 1989, proposing what would eventually become the World Wide Web. “The original paper is still kept there,” says Govender. “You can see his supervisor’s comment on it: ‘vague, but good’.”

Govender was one of the fewer than 10 South African scientists present when the elusive Higgs boson was first observed in July at Cern. He is currently visiting his parents in Raisethorpe, before heading down to Durban to present a lecture this week at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) Conference being held at the International Convention Centre.

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