The Big Idea: Research Pays Off in Unexpected Ways


Should research turn a profit? That’s what a few would-be higher-ed reformers argue. But academics say research is a long-term investment. Take the recent likely discovery of the Higgs boson. As far as profit goes, the Higgs is in the red: finding physics’ “God particle” cost billions and took decades. But along the way, says UT physicist Steven Weinberg (who won a Nobel Prize for early theoretical work), researchers invented vital new technology. And a data-sharing method developed by physicists eventually became the Internet. You can’t put a price on that.

Submit your big idea to

Illustration by David Plunkert.


Tags: , , , , ,


No comments

Be the first one to leave a comment.

Post a Comment


March | April 2017
Embracing Risk-Texas Enterprise
Centennial Celebration version 3
fan for life texas for life texas exes life membership