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The LHC is too big to fail! November 17, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in politics, science, USA.


A friend of mine and I were discussing the bailout. The consensus seems to be that large companies – like GM and Chrysler – are too big to fail.

Can we say the same thing about a science experiment like the LHC? 🙂 Could we apply for extra science funding under the bailout program?



1. Claire - November 18, 2008

Or perhaps not big enough… You could have bought, what, 100 LHC’s with the bailout money?

2. Kevin - November 18, 2008

wasn’t the SSC also sort of bigish?

3. Gordon Watts - November 18, 2008

🙂 Yeah, but on the grand scheme of things, big enough – at least, we’ve already spent enough money on it…

Though, disturbingly, I think we’ve spent less on it than we did on the SSC. Of course, Kevin, that was the key – we had nothing built when it got canceled. 😦

4. Monte Davis - November 19, 2008

I want to see a cage match with ITER.

5. Gordon Watts - November 19, 2008

Ha! Now that would be entertaining!

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