Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex

Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex


The epic tale of ways technology went “big” and the forgotten genius who all started it all—“entertaining, completely researched…partly a biography, partially an account of the effect of Ernest Lawrence’s nice concept, in part a quick historical past of nuclear physics and the Bomb” (The Wall highway Journal).

Since the Thirties, the size of clinical exercise has grown exponentially. the 1st particle accelerator may be held in its creator’s lap, whereas its successor grew to seventeen miles in circumference and price ten billion cash. we've got invented the atomic bomb, positioned guy at the moon, and probed the interior workings of nature on the scale of subatomic particles—all the results of massive technology, the version of industrial-scale learn paid for through governments, departments of safety, and companies that has pushed the nice medical tasks of our time.

The start of massive technology should be traced approximately 9 a long time in the past in Berkeley, California, while a tender scientist with a expertise for physics declared, “I’m going to be famous!” His identify was once Ernest Orlando Lawrence. His invention, the cyclotron, could revolutionize nuclear physics, yet that was once simply the start of its influence, which might be felt in academia, undefined, and overseas politics. It used to be the start of huge Science.

“An intriguing book….A shiny narrative that captures the sweetness of nuclear physics with no flying off right into a physics Neverland….Big Science is a superb precis of the way physics grew to become nuclear and altered the area” (The simple Dealer, Cleveland). this is often the “absorbing and expansive” (Los Angeles Times) tale that's “important for realizing how technological know-how and politics entwine within the United States…with remarkable information and revealing quotations” (The manhattan instances publication Review).

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