Thursday, November 22, 2007

Funny science quote of the day

I found this piece funny, in particular:
[Funding a particle accelerator is] not a trivial sum of money for a lot of people, but it's a drop in the bucket compared to the $1,500 per head price tag of the Iraq war to date. And building a particle accelerator doesn't require waterboarding anybody.

(Well, strictly speaking, neither does the Iraq war, and I can't say with certainty what might happen if Alberto Gonzales were put in charge of ILC construction...)
and
this kind of ultra-hot, ultra-dense stupidity can only be achieved by colliding at least two forms of idiocy at speeds approaching that of light

2 comments:

ramzahn said...

I'm not entirely sure about that, but i think the US-economy simply needs its wars. They first learned it in the civil war just how nice a bunch of money you can make supplying the troops. Then on to two world wars, Korea, Vietnam, Irak. This economy cannot live, for any prolonged time, without it. And for that, maybe the whole world-economy cannot live without it.

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