Musical harmony is based on physical principles, while in cooking, ingredients must be weighed out with precision. At the same time, you have to be able to invent because if one follows the same recipe all the time, you never create anything new.
Like in nature, I like things which are based on a few simple principles, even though their manifestation can be very rich.
I will fully engage myself to maintain CERN's excellence in all its attributes, with the help of everybody, including CERN Council, staff and users from all over the world.
In the big experiments, Atlas and CMS, we have something like 3,000 scientists each, and over 60 nationalities.
From a scientific point of view, our mission is to seek answers to the fundamental questions about the universe. Many are open - we don't know about dark matter, which accounts for a quarter of the universe's matter, nor do we know why there's antimatter.
With the discovery of the Higgs boson, one of the questions has been ticked off the list, but there are many others. We hope that we can find answers or hints for answers to at least some of them. But of course, this is in the hands of nature.
Among the questions we have in mind: dark matter, antimatter, and matter symmetry.
There is nothing more exciting than having a life devoted to fundamental knowledge and to contributing to advance the borders of knowledge.