Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs — from space probes to the LHC — are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at http Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at

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25 thoughts on “Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers

  1. akshatrathi294

    I hope that people realised that where the arrow points out the science budget on that poster is not where it’s actually located.

  2. bigshel99

    A tiny blue dot… it’s fascinating to think of how small we really are in this world. People like Brian, the late Carl Sagan, many folks in NASA, and others really inspire me to learn more about the universe. I hope we continue to strive to understand earth and beyond… if for nothing else to continue our own survival

  3. coolgreyoneabby

    Yes! Brian Cox said it they way it is …or at least should be. Great job Thanks.
    This is what should be shown at the beginning of the year in every high school science classes to put into perspective why we learn about our world.

  4. Crazyfish66

    @delatroy Not inherently no, I just mean that ultimately they cannot solve humanity’s problems. If a person is bad its because of their environment, an environment that can be changed through science whether it be ensuring the abundance of energy and food so that a person is removed from poverty. Or perhaps great teaching facilities and environments. For e.g. you wouldnt need to create a law for drink driving if cars drove themselves. Obv politics is necessary atm but science should come first.

  5. delatroy

    @Crazyfish66 not all politics is bad. Governments are responsible for the justice system for example which is absolutely necessary for the progress that you refer to.

  6. mooxim

    I’ve tough a few astronomy lessons and I can’t totally sympathise with Brian at the end of his talk. Sagan and a small few others have had a fantastic ability to describe some things and it’s all too easy to rely on their words because you want to make sure you do the brilliance of these ideas justice, even when it’s really supposed to be your talk.

  7. TutorialClarity

    What kind of person would thumbs down this video? 16 people did…though 1,135 thumbs up’d it. Perhaps those 16 thumbs down’ were accidents…

    …I hope

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