Our own science hub?

Why doesn't the UAE work on becoming a hub for pure science research? Photo: Harold Cunningham / Getty Images
Why doesn't the UAE work on becoming a hub for pure science research? Photo: Harold Cunningham / Getty Images

The gigantic Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland is being warmed up again, which provokes us to think about the importance of science and the search for knowledge in the development of humankind. There is no limit to human knowledge. We should always keep seeking – deeper, further – to uncover the secrets of the universe. The LHC may never reveal the universal truth and as The National reported yesterday, the $6.6bn (Dh24bn) project is one of the most expensive examples of seeking knowledge just for the sake of it.

Which bring us to the whole concept of big scientific projects and their immense value in terms of understanding how things work as well as their inspirational value. Europe has Cern. America has Los Alamos and Oak Ridge and many other advanced, big-science facilities. But Asia? Where are our equivalents? Neither China nor India would countenance their rival winning that particular prize. So why not here, the home already of Masdar? A dream perhaps, but it makes a lot of sense.

Published: February 3, 2015 04:00 AM

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