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Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier, and Megascience

Lillian Hoddeson, Adrienne W. Kolb, and Catherine Westfall


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 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 ... More

Keywords: Fermilab, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Chicago, high-energy physics, accelerators, Robert R. Wilson, Leon M. Lederman, megascience, research laboratory, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226346236
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226346250.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lillian Hoddeson, author

Adrienne W. Kolb, author

Catherine Westfall, author