The Large Hadron Collider
Professor Brian Cox is currently referred to as the “rockstar of physics”, which is a big complement considering the stereotypical physicist in minds of most people.
From the get-go you know that Professor Cox is a person you want in your laboratory – he is a tireless advocate of communicating science to the world and his outreach style appeals to many. And you can see why from this excellent lecture he gave at the TED Conference this year:
But as with many modern scientists who are working on cutting-edge research, they are often at the mercy of public misconception, media hype and personal attacks. And recently, along with the mass hysteria surrounding the start of experiments with the Large Hadron Collider this week, we’ve heard news that that some of the physicists involved with the project are receiving threats…and one starts to further lose faith in humanity…
As Professor Cox puts it:- “Anyone who thinks the LHC will destroy the world is a tw*t.”