Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Coming Next: Interview with Tommaso Dorigo.

As you can figure from the fact we are still alive, fortunately the planet hadn't yet been eaten by a black hole generated in Switzerland, just because, in the experiment that took place this morning, only a beam at time had been circulated in the machine. That means NO COLLISIONS at all or if you prefer no chance to generate any black hole.
That's by the way a good point to start and talk a bit more seriously about a really interesting matter involving lots of the most brighting brains living on this planet.
Starting the researches i did to understand what is going on with this CERN experiment, i got at first an unusual fear feeling circulating through the web. It was like any opinion leader, blogger and sort of internet observer was scared by the fact that science and technology achievements are obtained putting the Earth constantly under the risk to be absorbed by a black hole (and in facts disappear for ever from the Universe) generated by the process that just started this morning in a small town close to Geneve. I mean, there's people who's dedicating to these kind of studies most of their whole life, don't you think they already considered the risk of creating a black hole able to destroy life on earth? I'm talking to all that bloggers that wrote things like: "maybe at this point what we need should be a sort of scientific regression or at least stop research on dangerous projects like the CERN one to avoid to put the planet under such a risk".
I also found exaggerated the compulsive interest showed by TV networks and newspapers, always more interested in scaring people than in treating a scientific news from the real and unique point of view of science (scare to sell).
Maybe, instead of screaming the end of civilization anytime something very new and revolutionary fell on this planet, we could try to take some better informations before throwing onto the web senseless conclusions.
CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research and this morning launched the first LHC beam, 2.500 of the most illuminated minds on the face of earth collaborated at the program, and one of these great guys' name is Tommaso. Tommaso Dorigo.
He accepted to make a talk-interview with Peacedrops in a view to involve normal people in a dream that sometimes cannot be lived because of the difficulties in understanding the almost incomprehensible (for people like me) theories founding physic processes.
Dorigo was born on February 5th 1966 in Venice, Italy. He's always been living in Venice apart from a two years parenthesis when he had a position of Post-Doctoral Fellow in Particle Physics at Harvard University and contributed to the construction of the new CDF II detector. Tommaso married MariaRosa in 1998 and they have two kids, Filippo and Ilaria. They all live in Venice where they recently finished remodeling their new house.
Currently Mr. Dorigo is an INFN (Istituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare) research scientist working at the Universita' di Padova.
He also studied at the Venice Conservatory where he became a Master in Antique Instruments in 1982. At the conservatory he studied composition for four years after that he quit to dedicate his whole time to the study of Physics. Mr. Dorigo studied at the Univerista' di Padova where he specialized in "Experimental Particle Physics", he graduated on June 1995 with a Thesis titled: "The Search for Top Quark in the All-Hadronic Decay with the CDF Experiment". He defended his Ph.D. thesis in Padova in 1999. Later 1999/2000 he worked at Harvard University where he constructed part of the CDF II muon system. From 2001 he was back in Padova where he got a string of 2-years position, after that he won a position as researcher in INFN in the fall of 2005. He is currently a member of the CDF (Collider Detector at Fermilab - Illinois) and CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) collaborations. Most of his research time since 2007 is focused to CMS following (with other 600 Italian scientists) the CERN experiments.
Who better than him could explain to us what's going on over there?
Peacedrops is highly honored to guest such a personalty and if you consider that he is a very easy guy and a devote father and husband, the honor is doubled. Tommaso Dorigo also may contribute to change a little bit the image we all keep in mind when we think about scientists. This time we're dealing with an Italian, young, brilliant, not-so-politically correct, genial Physics researcher. I hope you'll feel involved and enjoyed by all this... coming up on Peacedrops.
Thank you for your time and attention.

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- Special Thanks to Antonio, a great friend of mine who first told me about CERN -

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