Science in Belgium
Belgium is the birthplace of Smurfs, French fries and the saxophone. It's easy to forget that we also have a Belgian to thank for a central theory in physics: the theory of the big bang, according to which our universe emerged from a single explosion. It was invented by the Belgian physicist and mathematician Georges Henri Lemaître at the end of the 1920s. Researchers now have a pretty good idea of how much time has passed since the Big Bang: around 13.7 billion years.
|Gross domestic product per capita in US-Dollar
|Public expenditure on education (share of GDP)
|Share of female researchers
|Universities per 1 million inhabitants
|Expenditure on Research and Development (share of GDP)
|2.7 (share of GDP)