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Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier, and Megascience

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Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, located in the western suburbs of Chicago, has stood at the frontier of high-energy physics for forty years. Fermilab is the first history of this laboratory and of its powerful accelerators told from the point of view of the people who built and used them for scientific discovery.

Focusing on the first two decades of research at Fermilab, during the tenure of the laboratoryand#8217;s charismatic first two directors, Robert R. Wilson and Leon M. Lederman, the book traces the rise of what they call and#8220;megascience,and#8221; the collaborative struggle to conduct large-scale international experiments in a climate of limited federal funding. In the midst of this new climate, Fermilab illuminates the growth of the modern research laboratory during the Cold War and captures the drama of human exploration at the cutting edge of science.

Synopsis:

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, located in the western suburbs of Chicago, has stood at the frontier of high-energy physics for forty years. "Fermilab "is the first history of this laboratory and of its powerful accelerators told from the point of view of the people who built and used them for scientific discovery.

Focusing on the first two decades of research at Fermilab, during the tenure of the laboratory's charismatic first two directors, Robert R. Wilson and Leon M. Lederman, the book traces the rise of what they call "megascience," the collaborative struggle to conduct large-scale international experiments in a climate of limited federal funding. In the midst of this new climate, "Fermilab "illuminates the growth of the modern research laboratory during the Cold War and captures the drama of human exploration at the cutting edge of science.

About the Author

Lillian Hoddeson is the Thomas M. Siebel Professor of History of Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.and#160;Adrienne W. Kolband#160;is the Fermilab archivist. Catherine Westfall is visiting associate professor at Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University.

Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Introduction

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1 The Call of the Frontier

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PART ONE An American Dream

2 The Several Hundred GeV Accelerator, 1959and#8211;1963

3 The Berkeley Design, 1963and#8211;1965

4 Midwest Passage, 1965and#8211;1967

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PART TWO A New Frontier on the Illinois Prairie

5 Wilsonand#8217;s Vision

6 Constructing the Ring, 1968and#8211;1972

7 A Usersand#8217; Paradise, 1968and#8211;1978

8 Beyond the Horizon: The Energy Doubler, 1967and#8211;1978

and#160;

PART THREE The Road to Megascience

9 Ledermanand#8217;s Vision

10 Completing the Doubler, 1978and#8211;1984

11 Bigger Science: Experiment Strings, 1970and#8211;1988

12 Megascience Realized: Colliding Beams, 1967and#8211;1989

13 The Super Collider Affair, 1982and#8211;1989

and#160;

Epilogue: Light on the Horizon, 1989and#8211;1995

and#160;

Authorsand#8217; Statements and Other Acknowledgements

Appendix: Fermilab Experiments, 1970and#8211;1990

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226346243
Author:
Hoddeson, Lillian
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Kolb, Adrienne W.
Author:
Westfall, Catherine
Subject:
Engineering -- History.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
65 halftones, 12 line drawings
Pages:
520
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Engineering » Engineering » History
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics » Nuclear

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"Synopsis" by , Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, located in the western suburbs of Chicago, has stood at the frontier of high-energy physics for forty years. "Fermilab "is the first history of this laboratory and of its powerful accelerators told from the point of view of the people who built and used them for scientific discovery.

Focusing on the first two decades of research at Fermilab, during the tenure of the laboratory's charismatic first two directors, Robert R. Wilson and Leon M. Lederman, the book traces the rise of what they call "megascience," the collaborative struggle to conduct large-scale international experiments in a climate of limited federal funding. In the midst of this new climate, "Fermilab "illuminates the growth of the modern research laboratory during the Cold War and captures the drama of human exploration at the cutting edge of science.

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