Robert Oppenheimer famously quoted Hindu scripture when the first atomic weapon was detonated saying " now I have become death the destroyer of worlds" Is there some worry that the work done at CERN could be destructive to the planet? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lb13ynu3Iac

Or is it due to some other philosophic implication of Shiva about particle physics?

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    This seems to be more a question of history than a question about philosophy.
    – virmaior
    Oct 4, 2016 at 3:43
  • He actually quoted the Bhagavad Gita verse 11.12 - "If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst forth at once in the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One.". Your question is not one for this forum. Oct 4, 2016 at 6:13
  • @Swami Vishwananda m.youtube.com/watch?v=lb13ynu3Iac. Here is Oppenheimer in his own words!
    – Mr. Durden
    Oct 4, 2016 at 6:18
  • That's also chapter 11. He might have said that afterwards while still there, but its recorded at the moment of explosion, it was verse 12. Oct 4, 2016 at 9:58
  • There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio (Swami Vishwanananda) than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Shakespeare, Hamlet
    – Mr. Durden
    Oct 6, 2016 at 18:41

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No, I don't think the implication is in accord with Oppenheimer.

Per: https://cds.cern.ch/record/745737?ln=en "Carl Sagan drew the metaphor between the cosmic dance of the Nataraj and the modern study of the 'cosmic dance' of subatomic particles" & "The statue is a gift from India, celebrating CERN's long association with India which started in the 1960's and continues strongly today."

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