LHC Machine OutreachThe LHC - why?
"Science is an integral part of culture. It's not this foreign thing, done by an arcane priesthood." Stephan Jay Gould
Why? A good question. The answer at CERN's public portal
We can justify the LHC's existence on a number of levels:
This is CERN's core business. With the LHC the aim is to continue to push our understanding of the fundamental structure of the universe. The results from the LHC might shed light on:
For a basic introduction see the Atlas physics tour
A huge number of technical students, Ph.D.s, post-docs, associates etc. pass through CERN