Convincing nonphysicists that the search is worth the money can be tougher. Just ask Oak Ridge physicist Leah Broussard. "My mom says, 'Why are my tax dollars being wasted on this research?' " Broussard explains. She has an answer for her mom. "Humans are explorers," Broussard says. "We explore the unknown frontiers. I want to know how the universe came to be. Don't we all?"
It isn't essential. Not by a damn sight. Ergo, it's a waste of tax dollars. I'm all for finding the answer, just not paying for it. It's about priorities and stuff like this isn't one of them.
"Hot air hangs like a dead man, from a white oak tree. People sitting on porches, thinking how things used to be. It's a dark night...dark night."