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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 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.

Robert R. Wilson, the former director of Fermilab, in his testimony to Congress about the importance of building the particle collider that became known as the Tevatron. We’ve shared this quote before, but it’s so worth repeating. When we talk about “Why Particle Physics Matters,” this is what we mean. 

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