March / April 2002


The pyramid builder of our modern age

No job in physics at the moment can have a higher profile than leader of the IT division at Cern, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, near Geneva, Switzerland. The large Hadron Collider (LHC) project, currently under construction there, is the biggest thing ever in Big Physics and is to scientific computing what building the pyramids was to playing sandcastles.


what does my molecule look like?

Long gone are the days of chemists sitting at a desk to draw their molecules with a pencil and chemical template, with its bond lines, hexagons, and cyclohexane chains and boats. And it's the rare student who works with plastic ball and stick models. These days there are so many packages around that can render a chemical sketch in three dimensions onscreen within a few seconds, or import a fully-formatted structure from a database.