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The Call of the Frontier

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/9780226346250.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the conception of the Fermilab particle accelerator laboratory in the context of the frontier rhetoric. It explains that during the 1960s heroic frontier imagery illuminated ... More


The Several Hundred GeV Accelerator, 1959–1963

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/9780226346250.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the history of Fermilab from 1959 to 1963. It suggests that Fermilab was inspired by the development of the alternating-gradient principle and by the fact discussions about ... More


Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier, and Megascience

Lillian Hoddeson, Adrienne W. Kolb, and Catherine Westfall

Published in print:
2008
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226346236
eISBN:
9780226346250
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226346250.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, located in the western suburbs of Chicago, has stood at the frontier of high-energy physics for forty years. This book is the first history of this laboratory ... More


Lederman's Vision

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/9780226346250.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the leadership of Leon M. Lederman as director of the Fermilab. It provides a biographical background of Lederman and describes his leadership style. Like Robert R. Wilson, ... More


Completing the Doubler, 1978–1984

in Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier, and Megascience

Published in print:
2008
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226346236
eISBN:
9780226346250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226346250.003.0011
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses Leon M. Lederman's completion of the Energy Doubler, a project started by his predecessor. It explains that Lederman believed in the technical feasibility of the project. In ... More


Bigger Science: Experiment Strings, 1970–1988

in Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier, and Megascience

Published in print:
2008
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226346236
eISBN:
9780226346250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226346250.003.0012
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses one of Fermilab's paths to megascience which was via the experiment strings. These relate to large experiments and their follow-ups, corresponding to long-lived (typically more ... More


Megascience Realized: Colliding Beams, 1967–1989

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/9780226346250.003.0013
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses one of Fermilab's paths of megascience which is through experiments performed with particle beams colliding inside supremely complex detectors, these experiments ran from 1967 ... 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


Epilogue: Light on the Horizon, 1989–1995

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/9780226346250.003.0015
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the authorities' decision to have the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) built in Waxahachie, Texas and not in Batavia, Illinois. The staff of Fermilab reacted negatively to ... More


Argumentation at Fermilab: Putting the Habermasian Model to Work

William Rehg

in Cogent Science in Context: The Science Wars, Argumentation Theory, and Habermas

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262182713
eISBN:
9780262255318
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262182713.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter analyzes a case of argument construction in high-energy physics—the writing of a scientific paper announcing the evidence for the existence of the top quark by the Collider Detector at ... More


Introduction

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/9780226346250.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the history of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), a particle accelerator laboratory in Illinois. This ... More


The Berkeley Design, 1963–1965

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/9780226346250.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the history of the design proposal of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the Fermilab. It describes the proposals formulated by Edward Lofgren and Edwin McMillan. ... More


Midwest Passage, 1965–1967

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/9780226346250.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses the controversy and cost issue during the period from 1965 to 1967 that gradually loosened Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's control for the Fermilab project. It discusses ... More


What are the catastrophic risks, and how catastrophic are they?

Richard A. Posner

in Catastrophe: Risk and Response

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195178135
eISBN:
9780197562444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195178135.003.0004
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cultural and Historical Geography

The number of extreme catastrophes that have a more than negligible probability of occurring in this century is alarmingly great, and their variety startling. I want to describe them and in doing ... More


How to evaluate the catastrophic risks and the possible responses to them

Richard A. Posner

in Catastrophe: Risk and Response

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195178135
eISBN:
9780197562444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195178135.003.0006
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cultural and Historical Geography

To deal in a systematic way with the catastrophic risks identified in chapter 1 requires first assessing them and then devising and implementing sensible responses. Assessment involves first of all ... More


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