SEN. PASTORE: Is there anything connected in the hopes of this accelerator that in any way involves the security of the country?
DR. WILSON: No, sir; I do not believe so.
SEN. PASTORE: Nothing at all?
DR. WILSON: Nothing at all.
SEN. PASTORE: It has no value in that respect?
DR. WILSON: It only has to do with the respect with which we regard one another, the dignity of men, our love of culture. It has to do with those things. It has nothing to do with the military. I am sorry.
SEN. PASTORE: Don't be sorry for it.
DR. WILSON: I am not, but I cannot in honesty say it has any such application.
SEN. PASTORE: Is there anything here that projects us in a position of being competitive with the Russians, with regard to this race?
DR. WILSON: Only from a long-range point of view, of a developing technology. Otherwise, it has to do with: Are we good painters, good sculptors, great poets? I mean all the things that we really venerate and honor in our country and are patriotic about. In that sense, this new knowledge has all to do with honor and country but it has nothing to do directly with defending our country except to help make it worth defending.
I'll eat my words if someone can find a single coherent proposal, no matter how speculative, by any scientist on possible technological applications of high-energy particle physics. I have never heard of one and would be very interested.
To learn in order to know is scandalous curiosity.
That's not what I meant. Particle beams have some applications, but that's different from the physics itself. I'm saying that there are no new technologies that depend crucially on the details of high-energy particle interactions.
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