Big Science

Big Science From A Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist And Los Angeles Times Contributor, The Untold Story Of How Science Went Big,built The Bombs That Helped Win World War II, And Became Dependent On Government And Industry And The Forgotten Genius Who Started It All, Ernest Lawrence.Since The 1930s, The Scale Of Scientific Endeavors Has Grown Exponentially Machines Have Become Larger, Ambitions Bolder The First Particle Accelerator Cost Less Than One Hundred Dollars And Could Be Held In Its Creator S Palm, While Its Descendant, The Large Hadron Collider, Cost Ten Billion Dollars And Is Seventeen Miles In Circumference Scientists Have Invented Nuclear Weapons, Put A Man On The Moon, And Examined Nature At The Subatomic Scale All Through Big Science, The Industrial Scale Research Paid For By Governments And Corporations That Have Driven The Great Scientific Projects Of Our Time.The Birth Of Big Science Can Be Traced To Berkeley, California, Nearly Nine Decades Ago, When A Resourceful Young Scientist With A Talent For Physics And An Even Greater Talent For Promotion Pondered His New Invention And Declared, I M Going To Be Famous Ernest Orlando Lawrence S Cyclotron Would Revolutionize Nuclear Physics, But That Was Only The Beginning Of Its Impact It Would Change Our Understanding Of The Basic Building Blocks Of Nature It Would Help Win World War II Its Influence Would Be Felt In Academia And International Politics It Was The Beginning Of Big Science.This Is The Incredible Story Of How One Invention Changed The World And Of The Man Principally Responsible For It All Michael Hiltzik Tells The Riveting Full Story Here For The First Time. While it certainly took me long enough to get through about three months , this book was a wonderful read that I d highly recommend to anyone with overlapping interests in history, politics, militarism, science, the Cold War, investigative journalism, and or great biography No science background is necessary, but it helps to have some historical understanding of what led to mechanization of warfare in the 20th C It s particularly good to keep Oppenheimer in mind throughou
Note I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads Primarily a biography of Ernest Lawrence a Nobel laureate physicist who invented the cyclotron and was a key figure in America s development of atomic bombs during World War 2 While Hiltzik does provide some information on the science behind Lawrence s work, his primary focus is on Lawrence s skills as an organizer and fund raiser His thesis is that, before Lawrence, scientific research consisted mostly of a lone scient Note I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads Primarily a biography of Ernest Lawrence a Nobel laureate physicist who invented the cyclotron and was a key figure in America s development of atomic bombs during World War 2 While Hiltzik does provide some information on the science behind Lawrence s work, his primary focus is on Lawrence s skills as an organizer and fund raiser His thesis is that, before Lawrence, scientific research consisted mostly of a lone scientist, perhaps supported by an assistant or two, working on a modest budget in a modest laboratory with small scale equipment Lawrence s career placed him at the forefront of a shift in that model, where he founded the first research lab the Rad Lab in Berkeley with a massive staff, supported by massive government checks, using large equipment
I graduated from UC Berkeley and the names of Lawrence and Sproul are on buildings on the campus When I was in school my professors had been trained or had worked with Ernest O Lawrence 1901 1958 and Robert Oppenheimer 1904 1967 I found the book fascinating as it provided in depth information about people and places I saw daily and knew only general information I was most interested in learning about the early years of one of my former professors, which was mentioned in the book, Glenn T I graduated from UC Berkeley and the names of Lawrence and Sproul are on buildings on the campus When I was in school my professors had been trained or had worked with Ernest O Lawrence 1901 1958 and Robert Oppenheimer 1904 1967 I found the book fascinating as it provided in depth information about people and places I saw daily and knew only general information I was most interested in learning about the early years of one of my former professors, which was mentioned in the book, Glenn T Seaborg.Hiltzik follows Lawrence s career from a graduate student at Yale to winning the Nobel Prize in 1939 through his w
While titled as a discussion of big science this book focuses most of its attention on the development of nuclear weapons This is fine but other authors Rhodes, et al cover this topic sufficiently The coverage of recent developments in big
Big ScienceErnest Lawrence and the Invention That Launched the Military Industrial Complexby Michael HiltzikInformative, interesting, sometimes provocative, sometimes mildly annoying.There are two stories here Ernest Lawrence and big science The stories overlap For most of the book I thought it should have been titled Ernest Toward the end, it veered off track , back to it s real name Annoying, but nothing to stop a real reader.One century ago, one man, an
Biography of Ernest Lawrence and the Rad Lab at Berkeley and the origins of big science Lawrence was a physicist and experimentalist who pioneered work in early cyclotrons the forerunner of our modern particle accelerators like the LHC He was and excellent scientist but also had the social and managerial skills to run huge projects and developed early contacts with government and business to forge what would be the model of big science which would be a way of doing things for the rest of the 2 Biography of Ernest Lawrence and the Rad Lab
Throughout the twentieth century, the city of Berkeley has been a breeding ground of invention Even before World War I, there was August Vollmer, who served as police chief from 1909 to 1931 and was widely regarded for transforming police work from thuggery to a modern profession Over the years since then, the city has been host to an outsized number of notable people who have made world class contributions to science, industry, journalism, the arts, the military, and innumerable other fields Throughout the twentieth century, the city of Berkeley has been a breeding ground of invention Even before World War I, there was August Vollmer, who served as police chief from 1909 to 1931 and was widely regarded for transforming police work from thuggery to a modern profession Over the years si
When I was a teenager I was fascinated by nuclear physics and read everything I could find on the subject My dream was to work in the Cavendish laboratory like my fellow New Zealand countryman, Ernest Rutherford Then I met 6th form school physics, and hated it End of dream I have read very little about nuclear physics over the last 40 years, and was very keen to read this book and rekindle my interest The book is primarily a biography of Ernest Lawrence, Nobel Prize laureate and inventor of When I was a teenager I was fascinated by nuclear physics and read everything I could find on the subject My dream was to work in the Cavendish laboratory like my fellow New Zealand countryman, Ernest Rutherford Then I met 6th form school physics, and hated i
Ernest Lawrence may be less known than Robert Oppenheimer, but both had equally important roles in the creation of the Atomic Bomb In fact, after reading this book, one sees how if not for Lawrence s pre war visions the Manhattan Project may not have succeeded.Lawrence was a brilliant and driven scientist who established the Rad Lab at UC Berkley in the 1930s He pioneered a device called the cyclotron, a spiral shaped particle accelerator, which set him on his path to fame With that fame came Ernest Lawrence may be less known than Robert Oppenheimer, but both had equally important roles in the creation of the Atomic Bomb In fact, after reading this book, one sees how if not for Lawrence s pre war visions the Manhattan Project may not have succeeded.Lawrence was a brilliant and driven scientist who established the Rad Lab at UC Berkley in the 1930s He pioneered a device called the cyclotron, a spiral shaped particle accelerator, which set him on his path to fame With that fame came the growth of his beloved lab and he trained many of the atomic scientists who would serve on the M
Big Science by Michael Hiltzik is a book about both the man and the machine that shaped the course of history in the 20th century But it is also much, muchBesides following the career of Nobel Laureate Ernest Orlando Lawrence and his earth shattering invention, the cyclotron, Michael Hiltzik pulls back the curtain on the true culture of science in the United States shedding light equally on both the good and the bad Lawrence is the epitome of the highest tier of American Scientists, bri Big Science by Michael Hiltzik is a book about both the man and the machine that shaped the course of history in the 20th century But it is also much, muchBesides following the career of Nobel Laureate Ernest Orlando Lawrence and his earth shattering invention, the cyclotron, Michael Hiltzik pulls back the curtain on the true culture of science in the United States shedding light equally on both the good and the bad Lawrence is the epitome of the highest tier of American Scientists, brilliant, excessively confident, impossibly demanding and indefatigable Lawrence was the first of his peers to truly understand how to work the US grant system make big promises, work your unpaid staff of graduate students, post docs and visiting professors to the bone, deliver on the hardware but not on the science, and then repeat Lawrence

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  • Hardcover
  • 528 pages
  • Big Science
  • Michael A. Hiltzik
  • English
  • 06 November 2017
  • 1451675755