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Collisions and CollaborationThe Organization of Learning in the ATLAS Experiment at the LHC$
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Max Boisot, Markus Nordberg, Saïd Yami, and Bertrand Nicquevert

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567928.001.0001

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ATLAS and the Future of High-Energy Physics

ATLAS and the Future of High-Energy Physics

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(p.268) 13 ATLAS and the Future of High-Energy Physics
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Collisions and Collaboration
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Max Boisot

Markus Nordberg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567928.003.0014

This chapter attempts to place ATLAS in its wider societal setting. Knowledge-for-its-own-sake may be what scientists aspire to maximize, yet knowledge-for-benefits is the constraint that they are required to work under if they are to continue to get funding. Given the rapid growth of investments in science, and the scale of individual projects such as the Large Hadron Collider, it is not enough to show that they satisfy the constraint. They now also have to show that they satisfy it better than competing alternatives. At the energies that the collider will generate, most physicists are expecting to see new particles appear, and these should give theorists enough to chew on for some years to come. But the non-physicist will ask, what are the options created by ATLAS and its associated experiments at the LHC actually worth? What new territory do they open up for the rest of us?

Keywords:   ATLAS Collaboration, Large Hadron Collider, high-energy physics, knowledge

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