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Some ethical questions in particle physics

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A contribution to an interdisciplinary discussion of ethical issues in modern science. The article was written for the conference on "Physics, Technology and Ethics", Sep 8-9, 2016, University of Zilina, Slovakia

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The authors discuss several ethical questions in today's particle physics: high costs and purported dangers of Big Science projects, relevance of fundamental research for society and the way particle physicists fill their duty to communicate with the public. Examples are given including the story of a possible mini-black hole creation at CERN and two outreach activities for high school students, International Particle Physics Masterclasses and Cascade competition.

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Updated date: Thu, Oct 27, 2016 — 10:32

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Authors discuss a few ethical questions in today's particle physics: high costs and purported dangers of Big Science projects, relevance of fundamental research for society and the way particle physicists fill their duty to communicate with the public. Examples are given including the story of a possible mini-black hole creation at CERN and two outreach activities for high school students, International Particle Physics Masterclasses and Cascade competition.