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Making Physics

A Biography of Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1946-1972

Brookhaven National Laboratory was the first major national laboratory built for basic civilian research. From Nobel Prize-winning work in atomic physics to addressing community concerns over radiation leaks, the history of Brookhaven parallels the changing fortunes of "big science" in the United States. Robert P. Crease brings to life the people, the instruments, the science, and the politics of Brookhaven’s first quarter-century.

"[A] very readable, well illustrated and sometimes even racy, recounting of Brookhaven’s history, politics and personalities."—Denys Wilkinson, Physics World

441 pages | 77 halftones, 5 maps, 12 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 1999

History of Science

Physical Sciences: History and Philosophy of Physical Sciences

Sociology: Social Institutions

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. A Team of Young General Groveses
2. A Reluctant Director, a Remote Site
3. National Laboratory
4. The "Brookhaven Concept"
5. The Pile Project
6. Community Relations
7. The Accelerator Project
8. Reactor Research in the 1950s
9. "For the Enlightenment and Benefit of Mankind": Research at the Cosmotron
10. Goldhaber’s Directorship
11. Research at the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron
12. The High Flux Beam Reactor
13. Crossroad
Appendix 1: Some Key Personnel of Brookhaven National Laboratory and Associated Universities, Inc.
Appendix 2: Chairmen of Key Brookhaven National Laboratory Departments
Notes
A Note on Sources
Bibliography
Index

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