Nobel Laurate physicist Steven Weinberg gives witness that physics in a state of crisis in The Crisis of Big Science:
- The discovery (at LHC) of the Higgs boson would be a gratifying verification of present theory, but it will not point the way to a more comprehensive future theory.
- The most exciting thing to be discovered at the LHC will be something quite unexpected.
- That is going to be a very hard sell.
- So in the next decade we may see the search for the laws of nature slow to a halt, not to be resumed again in our lifetimes.
- It seems to me that what is really needed... is to unite in restoring higher and more progressive tax rates, especially on investment income.
- Government spending stimulates the economy more than tax cuts.
- It is simply a fallacy to say that we cannot afford increased government spending.
- This is the real crisis, and not just for science.
- I am not an economist.