By Becky Arnold, University of Sheffield. From the 3rd to the 7th of September the Wonders of Star Formation conference took place at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh.

By Christopher Tunnell, postdoctoral researcher at Nikhef (Nationaal instituut voor subatomaire fysica), The Netherlands.

This article is part of our series: a day in the software life, in which we will be asking researchers from all disciplines to discuss the tools that make their research possible.

Particle physics, the field which discovered the Higgs Boson, unravelled the secrets of neutrinos, and seeks to understand dark matter, relies on lots of code. Accordingly, the field tends to attract those with a predilection for programming. The most endorsed…

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