Why particle physics matters

This post starts a new series of articles devoted to the applications of particle physics to everyday life, with a particular focus on health-related issues.
If you are still wondering how particles and hadronic physics can be useful to non-physicists, these notes will help you improving your mind.

How particle physics can save your life

From new medicines to cancer treatment, the tools of particle physics play an important role in hospitals around the world.

The same particle-physics technology used to understand the universe is also used to improve health and medicine. Accelerators and detectors play an important role in diagnosing disease, shrinking tumors and sterilizing medical equipment. Large-scale computing makes it possible to determine which potential new drugs are most likely to work before starting large-scale human trials. And particle-physics-trained scientists serve as medical physicists, making sure it all works as planned […].

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