TED Talk: Brian Cox: CERN’s Supercollider

“Rock-star physicist” Brian Cox talks about his work on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Discussing the biggest of big science in an engaging, accessible way, Cox brings us along on a tour of the massive project.”

This is just an amazing lecture with some great visuals to help explain some complex ideas. Absolutely worth watching. Some interesting questions that get raised: Why bother engaging in research that is so far removed from any seeming relevance to our every day lives? Should we spend billions of dollars to fund research that may never provide any practical outcomes or make our lives materially any better? Is the quest for knowledge and understanding a valuable enough goal to justify these costs?

This lecture was filmed before the supercollider went online in 2008. It has since gone online and done some important work already and the particle he talks about, the Higgs Boson, has since been detected by the super collider as documented in the amazing documentary Particle Fever

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