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A proposal for using cost-benefit analysis to evaluate the socioeconomic impact of public investment in large scientific projects. Large particle accelerators, outer space probes, genomics platforms: all are scientific enterprises managed through the new form of the research infrastructure, in which communities of scientists collaborate across nations, universities, research institutions, and disciplines. Such large projects are often publicly funded, with no accepted way to measure the benefits to society of these investments. In this book, Massimo Florio suggests the use of cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to evaluate the socioeconomic impact of public investment in large and costly scientific projects. The core concept of CBA of any infrastructure is to undertake the consistent intertemporal accounting of social welfare effects using the available information. Florio develops a simple framework for such accounting in the research infrastructure context and then offers a systematic analysis of the benefits in terms of the social agents involved. He measures the benefits to scientists, students, and postdoctoral researchers; the effect on firms of knowledge spillovers; the benefits to users of information technology and science-based innovation; the welfare effects on the general public of cultural services provided by RIs; and the willingness of taxpayers to fund scientific knowledge creation. Finally, Florio shows how these costs and benefits can be expressed in the form of stochastic net present value and other summary indicators.

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Since 2013, CERN Library has been subscribing to the Proquest Safari Technical ebooks platform which included more than 25,000 ebooks mainly in the IT domain but also in other disciplines such as management or communication. Since a few days, this access has been replaced by an access to the O’Reilly Online Learning Platform, which includes a large part of the ebooks previously on the Proquest Safari platform, with in addition a large number of videos, trainings and audiobooks. This platform is accessible with your CERN account from inside or outside CERN. Please connect to the link below, select CERN as an institution, and enter your credentials: https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/temporary-access/. The links to the old platform have been changed in the Library catalogue: http://cds.cern.ch. If you have any question or any remark to share with us, do not hesitate to contact us at: library.desk@cern.ch
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Measured by the accuracy of its predictions and the scope of its technological applications, quantum mechanics is one of the most successful theories in science--as well as one of the most misunderstood. The deeper meaning of quantum mechanics remains controversial almost a century after its invention. Providing a way past quantum theory's paradoxes and puzzles, QBism offers a strikingly new interpretation that opens up for the nonspecialist reader the profound implications of quantum mechanics for how we understand and interact with the world. Short for Quantum Bayesianism, QBism adapts many of the conventional features of quantum mechanics in light of a revised understanding of probability. Bayesian probability, unlike the standard "frequentist probability," is defined as a numerical measure of the degree of an observer's belief that a future event will occur or that a particular proposition is true. Bayesianism's advantages over frequentist probability are that it is applicable to singular events, its probability estimates can be updated based on acquisition of new information, and it can effortlessly include frequentist results. But perhaps most important, much of the weirdness associated with quantum theory--the idea that an atom can be in two places at once, or that signals can travel faster than the speed of light, or that Schrodinger's cat can be simultaneously dead and alive--dissolves under the lens of QBism. Using straightforward language without equations, Hans Christian von Baeyer clarifies the meaning of quantum mechanics in a commonsense way that suggests a new approach to physics in general.

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"«Ici, devant le deuil et la promesse de la vie, je me tiens et j'avance... »
Irène Jacob, l'inoubliable interprète de La Double vie de Véronique, rapproche deux évènements simultanés et essentiels : le deuil de son père -  Maurice Jacob, qui a travaillé au département de physique théorique au CERN de 1968-2002-  et la naissance d'un enfant.

Ce texte subtil, sensible et tendre lui permet de revenir à ces deux moments où le miracle de la vie et l'infiniment grand se mêlent. La physique, les visites au CERN dans son enfance, le firmament à perte de vue, le big bang mais aussi la perception du temps, la brume des souvenirs ou les images à vif, les émotions, leurs manifestations explosives, le sommeil et les rêves irisent ce récit tout à la fois bouleversant et lumineux."

«Sur la terre comme au ciel… la comédienne interroge avec acuité sa mémoire, son corps, ses rêves, son imaginaire» (Bernard Pivot, Journal Du Dimanche)

     

"Big Bang: roman", Irène Jacob,
Albin Michel, 2019, ISBN 9782226442703

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