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a life in the day of dr brian cox

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A Life in the Day: Dr Brian Cox The physicist, 39, is designing the world's largest particle accelerator at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern) in Geneva. He commutes between there and Manchester, where he lives with his wife, the TV presenter Gia Milinovich, and his stepson, Moki, 11. I'm terrible at waking up - I hate it. If I can get away with it, I get up at 9 o'clock. I stay in a little Holiday Inn close to Cern at the foothills of the Jura mountains in France. They knock on the door with breakfast, so I have to get up. I get the Herald Tribune delivered and crispy bacon on French bread, pain au chocolat and coffee. Cern is one big physics lab, so if you wore anything that looked like you bought it last year, you'd look stylish. It's a 20-minute walk away, through a little French village, St Genis, with chocolate and bread shops, and across the border into Switzerland. You can see Mont Blanc - it's absolutely beautiful. I've always been a scientist, always. From as far back as I can remember I wanted to do something about space exploration or astronomy. ...read more.

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Understanding it would lead to a complete reassessment of how the universe works. At around 7 everyone goes for a beer, then they do a bit more physics, and then they go out. I'll usually iChat on the computer to Gia and Moki before going for a meal - perhaps at the Coq Rouge, a short walk to the village. I ramble back to my room around 11. Usually I've drunk about a bottle of Ch�teauneuf-du-Pape - the wines are very good here. If I'm lucky, I take my clothes off. But I can't fall asleep without reading. At the moment it's God Is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens, which is very good. It won't be physics, though, or I wouldn't go to sleep. A Life in the Day: Dr Brian Cox The physicist, 39, is designing the world's largest particle accelerator at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern) in Geneva. He commutes between there and Manchester, where he lives with his wife, the TV presenter Gia Milinovich, and his stepson, Moki, 11. I'm terrible at waking up - I hate it. If I can get away with it, I get up at 9 o'clock. ...read more.

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They start serving alcohol around 3 in the canteen, so people start drinking a little bit of red wine, getting more energetic and chatty. The trick with this kind of project is to think out of the box. You have to find a way of teasing out the interesting details, and that's a creative process. It's really up to you; you can be clever. At the moment our knowledge stops at really profound places, like: "Why is gravity such a weak force? The whole planet is pulling this glass down, yet I can just pick it up." That's a huge mystery. Understanding it would lead to a complete reassessment of how the universe works. At around 7 everyone goes for a beer, then they do a bit more physics, and then they go out. I'll usually iChat on the computer to Gia and Moki before going for a meal - perhaps at the Coq Rouge, a short walk to the village. I ramble back to my room around 11. Usually I've drunk about a bottle of Ch�teauneuf-du-Pape - the wines are very good here. If I'm lucky, I take my clothes off. But I can't fall asleep without reading. At the moment it's God Is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens, which is very good. It won't be physics, though, or I wouldn't go to sleep. ...read more.

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