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What the Physicist said to the Poet: How Physicists Used the Ideal of Poetry to Talk about Uncertainty

Peter Middleton

in Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226290003
eISBN:
9780226290140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226290140.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The chapter shows how postwar poets encountered strong negative or idealized images of poetry in the writings of physicists and other scientists. Physicists sometimes referred to an abstraction of ... More


Selling the Super Collider, 1983–88

Michael Riordan, Lillian Hoddeson, and Adrienne W. Kolb

in Tunnel Visions: The Rise and Fall of the Superconducting Super Collider

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226294797
eISBN:
9780226305837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226305837.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The SSC had to be “sold” to Congress and US taxpayers, for a project costing billions of dollars required strong public support. Central Design Group physicists kept Congress and its staffers ... More


Settling in Texas, 1989–91

Michael Riordan, Lillian Hoddeson, and Adrienne W. Kolb

in Tunnel Visions: The Rise and Fall of the Superconducting Super Collider

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226294797
eISBN:
9780226305837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226305837.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Establishing the SSC Laboratory near Dallas, Texas, proved much more difficult than anticipated. As Central Design Group leaders did not participate in construction, SSC Director Roy Schwitters ... More


Conversing Seriously with Sociologists

N. David Mermin

in The One Culture?: A Conversation about Science

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226467221
eISBN:
9780226467245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter reexamines exchanges with sociologists on relativity, with a view to identifying avoidable ways in which they misunderstood each other, seeing what residual disagreements remain, and ... More


Biophysics in Berlin: The Delbrück Club

Phillip R. Sloan

in Creating a Physical Biology: The Three-Man Paper and Early Molecular Biology

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226767826
eISBN:
9780226762777
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226762777.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter illuminates the origins of the discussions in the Three-Man Paper (3MP), the nature of the personnel involved, or the reasons why genetics was the focus of these discussions. It details ... More


When Physics Became King

Iwan Rhys Morus

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226542010
eISBN:
9780226542003
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226542003.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

As recently as two hundred years ago, physics as we know it today did not exist. Born in the early nineteenth century during the second scientific revolution, physics struggled at first to achieve ... More


A Revolutionary Science

in When Physics Became King

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226542010
eISBN:
9780226542003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226542003.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the rise of mathematical physics in revolutionary France at the beginning of the century and the emergence there of new analytical styles of reasoning about nature. Radical ... More


The Science of Work

in When Physics Became King

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226542010
eISBN:
9780226542003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226542003.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The nineteenth-century science of work developed in different ways in different contexts. Natural philosophers in England, France, the German lands, and Scotland had a range of interests and ... More


Places of Precision

in When Physics Became King

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226542010
eISBN:
9780226542003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226542003.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter looks at the rise of the laboratory and the development of precision measurement as the hallmark of experimental physics. Precision mattered for late nineteenth-century physics as a way ... More


The Super Collider Affair, 1982–1989

in Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier, and Megascience

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226346236
eISBN:
9780226346250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226346250.003.0014
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses Fermilab's Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project. It suggests that the idea for the SSC started during the Cold War period from 1955 to 1975. When relations between ... More


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