"If it is true, then we truly haven't understood anything about anything."
- ALVARO DE RUJULAa theorist at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, on a report that physicists plan to report that they have detected subatomic particles moving faster than the speed of light
"I think we may have to rewrite our textbooks."
- FABIOLA GIANOTTI,a project leader on CERN's particle-accelerator experiment that was successfully initiated on Sept. 10 outside Geneva, and will eventually re-create the conditions just after the Big Bang
"It's obviously a short-term disappointment and a lost opportunity."
- SETH ZENZ,an American physicist working at the CERN particle-physics laboratory, after an electrical meltdown caused delays at the world's largest particle accelerator
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