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For the first time, we saw our world, not as a solid, immovable, kind of indestructible place, but as a very small, fragile-looking world just hanging against the blackness of space. — Brian Cox

Synopsis

In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs - from space probes to the LHC - are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence. Talk recorded 19 April 2010.

About the Speaker

Physicist Brian Cox has two jobs: working with the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, and explaining big science to the general public. Based at the University of Manchester, Brian Cox works at Cern in Geneva on the Atlas experiment, studying the forward proton detectors for the Large Hadron Collider there. He's a professor at the University of Manchester, working in the High Energy Physics group, and is a research fellow of the Royal Society.

He's also become a vital voice in the UK media for explaining physics to the public. With his rockstar hair and accessible charm, he's the go-to physicist for explaining heady concepts on British TV and radio. He was the science advisor for the 2007 film Sunshine. He answers science questions every Friday on BBC6 radio's Breakfast Show.

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