Many, many ideas have come out of basic science over the centuries that initially seemed like idle curiosities.
Neutrino physics is becoming more popular and attractive since it is, relatively speaking, cheaper than big accelerator physics compared to the cost of, for example, the Large Hadron Collider.
The predecessors of today’s neutrinos might have played a role in causing matter to dominate over anti-matter in the early universe.
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Historical trends certainly had an effect on how physics as a discipline progressed. These trends affected the lives of many people.