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Practical benefits of CERN

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#26 CygnuS

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 04:00 PM

 

 

"To put the costs(13.25 Billion/) in perspective, the total cost of finding the Higgs boson has been less than one year of NASA's budget (an estimated $17.711 billion for 2013). The 14-year project cost less than 2.2 percent of the United States' estimated military budget for 2013."

This reminds me of that old saying...something like...a billion here, a billion there, eventually it adds up to a lot of money.



#27 StarBurger

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 05:04 PM

As an ex-CERN employee I was able to gain some insight into it's benefits, apart from the fact that I was able to earn good money, tax-free and live in a city and country reckoned to be one of the finest in the world.

What struck me was it's international impact.

The day to day life was one of constantly meeting technicians, engineers and physicists from all over the world, even from non member countries not included  in funding it. 

The society then (and I hope now !) was one of global co-operation with one goal independent of national politics, religion and ideologies: The search for the fundamental properties of the Universe.

The technology required was sourced from the best of the best and pushed the cutting edge and even created that cutting edge!

It is hard to put a value on that.


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#28 Joe1950

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 05:14 PM

A rare part of the world with no borders, bias or bombs. Sounds like a place where humans are finally and truly an intelligent civilization.

 

Maybe there is hope? Maybe the other civilizations are waiting for the rest of us to catch up?



#29 StarBurger

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 05:30 PM

That's right Joe1950.

Those sub-atomic particles whiz around the 27 Km ring with no need for passports!


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#30 DaveC2042

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 06:31 PM

This reminds me of that old saying...something like...a billion here, a billion there, eventually it adds up to a lot of money.

My take was that a billion dollars isn't what it used to be.




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