John

By JoAnne Hewett | January 26, 2007 12:56 am

Here at CV we continuously strive for total perfection. You all have had enough of us theorists telling you how measurements are made, how experiments are built and conducted, blah, blah, blah, blah. We theorists can bluff our way through most of that, but as Julianne put it – it’s nice to know what’s in the sausage. So, we are bringing in a new contributor. John Conway is a bonafide experimenter at the University of California, Davis. We were fellow post-docs at the University of Wisconsin (where John searched for the Higgs at the ALEPH detector at the LEP accelerator at CERN), after he graduated from Chicago. Like all great physicists, he escaped the midwest and moved to California. John now works on the CDF detector at the Tevatron at Fermilab (still searching for the Higgs) and the CMS detector at the LHC at CERN (where Higgs searches/measurements will continue). Within my household, he is best known for introducing me to epoisse, which has become a lifelong addiction. Welcome John!

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  • graviton383

    Three cheers for John and epoisse!

  • http://wishsubmission.wordpress.com Manas Shaikh

    Cheers John!

    Ahem, I’m sorry to spoil the party, but even though the list (of contributors) is nicely balanced between male and female; it is terrible in terms of skin color. I am not being racist really, but I do miss the ‘black science’. (If you are thinking that, I am not suggesting anyone in particular).

  • Jim R

    I got really excited for a moment — The John Conway?

    Actually, I think he would argue that he is The John Conway, and not that other guy.

  • http://thomas.loc.gov X

    Finally, REAL physics outweighs the rest on this blog.
    :)

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/john John

    Yeah, once an immigration guy at the airport looked at my passport, then looked up at me and said “you aren’t The John Conway are you?” and I was not quite sure what to say….

    In fact, when I lived in New Jersey, I kept getting email presumably intended for The John Conway (John Horton Conway) at Princeton, asking for software for the Game of Life. (The cellular automata one, not the board game one with a mommy and a daddy and little pink and blue kids in a plastic car that goes forward n spaces with the turn of the spinner.)

    It’s a common name (my dad has it, for example) and in fact if I google myself I don’t even make page 4.

    Can’t do anything about my skin color, sorry!

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/sean/ Sean
  • http://eskesthai.blogspot.com/2007/01/image-eot-wash-group-university-of.html Plato

    I look forward to the things you will be reporting about John. “Game of life” occurred to me as well when I seen your name.

  • Seth

    An experimentalist! This is an exciting development. Welcome!

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