Thursday, May 28, 2009

Particle Physics - It Matters

The Institute of Physics (IoP) has produced a document on the the importance of particle physics. The press released on why particle physics is not just black holes and antimatter can be found here, while the document titled "Particle Physics - It Matters" can also be found at the link.

While the document highlights the UK contribution to the global particle physics/high energy physics effort, it nevertheless provides a good coverage of the direct impact that this field of study has made on our civilization. The main points that one can summarize on the impact of particle physics on our civilization are: (i) basic knowledge of fundamental particles and interactions (ii) spin-off benefits.

Will the general public read this? I hope so, and that's why I'm pointing out the document here.

Zz.

2 comments:

R said...

The main points that one can summarize on the impact of particle physics on our civilization are: (i) basic knowledge of fundamental particles and interactionsWhy should the average Joe care if all we say is that? I didn't read the whole document, but what I read was not very specific, and I think for the average Joe we need to provide much more details about the benefits.

Anyways, I guess it is a good start.

coraifeartaigh said...

I don't like the first sentence, unecessarily complicated
"Particle physics seeks to understand the evolution of the Universe in the first fraction of a second after its birth in the Big Bang
in terms of a small number of fundamental particles and forces".
Surely a much better and more accurate opening would be
"Particle physics seeks to understand the Universe in terms of a small number of fundamental particles and forces"