Alfons Weber
Co-leader of the near detector design study
University of Oxford, United Kingdom

I love fantasy and sci-fi, for escapism. Even if the physics is ridiculous, or non-existent, I don’t care. There are still those books where you try to go to bed, start reading, and find yourself at 3 o’clock thinking, ‘Damn, I have to get up at 7.’ The strange thing with books is that I almost immediately forget what I read. That doesn’t happen with physics. There are few things to remember and you can derive most of it by thinking logically. What I really like, and why I became a particle physicist, is working with different people from lots of areas. I like collaborating, having the (scientific) arguments, finding the solutions, and finding out something new by working together. Which sounds a lot like the plot of a good book.