Particle physicists want money for bigger collider

Discussion in 'Science and the Universe' started by socrat44, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. socrat44

    socrat44 New Member

    Jan 15, 2019
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    Particle physicists want money for bigger collider
    Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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    What the Europeans will do is harder to predict, because
    a lot depends on who has influential friends in which ministry.
    But I think particle physicists have dug their own grave by giving
    the public the impression that the LHC would answer some
    big question, and then not being able to deliver.

    Posted by Sabine Hossenfelder
  2. Thomas

    Thomas Super Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2003
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    Hi Socrat44 —

    Yes, we in Europe have a fair amount on our plates at the moment.

    But no doubt the science community will dig out footage of the late Stephen Hawking in support of their campaign.

    When you think how much science spends compared to the military...

    I do wonder whether physics might have other priorities right now, though. Carbon capture? Global warming generally.

    The 'big question' in the not-too-distant future is how did we let ourselves get into this mess?
  3. RJM Corbet

    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens

    Nov 26, 2016
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    Oh no. Not at all. Imo. The LHC delivered the Higgs boson as it was planned to do. That was huge. It completed the standard model.

    It didn't find super-symmetric particles, but that is string theory's problem.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2019
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