To live and work at CERN Scientific American: Glenn Starkman, professor of physics and astronomy, is on sabbatical this year at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. While there, he’s been invited to share his observations in a regular blog for Scientific American. In his first post, Starkman gives a photo tour inside his new surroundings at CERN: “…You would imagine this contemporary Tower of Babel to be a place where fine Gallic taste and precision Helvetic expertise combine to create a cosmopolitan scientific paradise – a workplace that is both beautiful and functional. Nahh. If only the fictional accounts of luxury and high design held the least grain of truth,” he wrote.