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The inspiration for the Crossroads logo (created by Studio Grafico Norfini, Florence, Italy) is "Broadway Boogie Woogie" by Piet Mondrian, 1942-43, oil on canvas, MoMA New York

Crossroads theme: human affairs

Man has been given to understand

that he lives only by grace of those in power.

Let him therefore busy himself sipping coffee, catching butterflies.

Who cares for the Republic will have his right hand cut off.

— Czelaw Milosz Crossroads theme: meetings at the crossroads

When I see the heavens,

the work of Your hands,

the moon and the stars which You arranged,

what is man that You should keep him in mind,

mortal man that You care for him?

Yet You have made him little less that a god,

with glory and honour You crowned him,

gave him power over the works of Your hand,

put all things under his feet.

—Psalm 8 Crossroads theme: Memory and identity

Wherefore those many lights

That boundless atmosphere,

And infinite calm sky?

And what the meaning of this vast solitude?

And what am I?

—Giacomo Leopardi Crossroads theme: Beauty will save the world

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious.

It is the fundamental emotion which stands

At the cradle of true art and true science.

—Albert Einstein


Dr. Giorgio AmbrosioDr. Giorgio Ambrosio is Applied Scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Chicago.  His main field of research is applied superconductivity, from material development to large scale applications in superconducting magnets for particle accelerators and detectors.  

He started his career at the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (Milan, Italy) where he contributed to the design of the Barrel Toroid for the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator and latest addition to the accelerator complex at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland.  In 1998, he moved to Fermilab where is a leading researcher in the development of superconductor technology for accelerator magnets.

He has written and coauthored more than one hundred peer-reviewed papers, and lectured at CERN and at many leading universities.  He is a member of the US National Conductor Development Group, and is the chairman of the Advisory Board of the EuCARD High Field Magnet project.

He is director of the US branch of Euresis (an association for the promotion of culture and science) and a member of the Crossroads Advisory Board.