# LHC costs money, is it worth it?

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Within two decades the LHC consumed lots of money. Is it worth the money already spent on it? Is there a way to evaluate this gigantic project? If yes, what criteria should be applied? What is the total cost since the beginning of this project?

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Worth is in the eye of the beholder.

I'm sure every aspect of 'this gigantic project' is under regular evaluation.

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14 hours ago, zapatos said:

+1

16 hours ago, thewowsignal said:

My personal opinion is based on three decades of observations in the area of particle physics. As the scientific world approaches the end of its capabilities, more and more problems and questions arise. If there are plans to build even bigger particle smasher, is this going exponentially? Was the main purpose of the LHC to confirm predictions of the Standard Model and find the Higgs boson? I think the most fundamental laws of the Universe are very simple.

I would say this qualifies as the LHC being successful, no? (my bold)

Scientific study is a journey of discovery, whether that be solutions to problems, answers to questions, or the discovery of more to ask and solve. You seem to be implying that the LHC is/was the experiment to end all experiments? This couldn't be further from the truth.

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This thread is about the LHC costs of operation. The LHC project has no positive impact on my life so far. As far as

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the scientific world approaches the end of its capabilities - What makes you think this dilemma exists?

The LHC is a very good example of the above. Many people clearly see, that building even bigger particle smasher should happen sooner rather than later. This will create another level of financial and technological challenges. Do you think your capabilities are as big as the Universe?

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3 hours ago, thewowsignal said:

Do you think your capabilities are as big as the Universe?

No, but our aspirations should be as big as the universe.

The LHC costs roughly $4.5 billion a year. The global GDP is$85 trillion/year. The LHC represents 0.00005% of humanities annual wealth, or 0.0003% of the EU's annual GDP. A small price to pay to push at the borders of our ignorance.

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