... Why we need the explorers: Brian Cox on TED.com (Part 1 of 2).
In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs -- from space probes to the LHC -- are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.
Physicist Brian Cox has two jobs: working with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and explaining big science to the general public. He's a professor at the University of Manchester.
Based at the University of Manchester, Brian02 Cox works at CERN in Geneva on the ATLAS experiment, studying the forward proton detectors for the Large Hadron Collider there. He's a professor at the University of Manchester, working in the High Energy Physics group, and is a research fellow of the Royal Society.
He's also become a vital voice in the UK media for explaining physics to the public. With his rockstar hair and accessible charm, he's the go-to physicist for explaining heady concepts on British TV and radio. (If you're in the UK, watch him on "The Big Bang Machine".) He was the science advisor for the 2007 film "Sunshine". He answers science questions every Friday on BBC6 radio's "Breakfast Show".
"If people don't have an understanding of what science is and what scientists do, then they can tend to think that global warming, for example, is just a matter of opinion." (Brian Cox in Seed magazine)