Dialogue: Communicating Particle Physics in the 21st Century

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Why Accelerators Matter
A cosmologist's assessment: The universe is not enough

For two decades, I have been an advocate for using the universe as a heavenly laboratory to extend our experimental reach in addressing some of the most exciting questions in science. Indeed, experiments using beams of neutrinos from the sun, a distant supernova and cosmic-ray collisions in Earth's atmosphere have taught us much about the properties of neutrinos, including the first solid evidence for neutrino mass.

Yet, in making the case for nonaccelerator physics, I (and others) may have been too successful.

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