History and Philosophy of Physics


On Communicating the Value of Basic Physics Research to the Public

Authors: Armin Nikkhah Shirazi

The Argument that basic scientific research is of value is a strong one, but may not be always communicated very well to the public. As a result, even though the public overwhelmingly supports science, it may not always support important basic physics research projects. This can have definite consequences on policy decisions, as happened when the superconducting supercollider was shut down after pouring 2 billion dollars into it. This article makes six recommendations, directed primarily at physicists, but also more generally applicable to all scientists, to help communicate the value of basic physics research to the public more effectively. Doing this is especially important now, as basic research budgets are facing ever increasing threats of budget cuts.

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[v1] 2012-07-04 17:20:34
[v2] 2012-07-06 02:20:50
[v3] 2013-04-01 17:31:42

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