AUTHORCrease, Robert P.
TITLEMaking Physics: A Biography of Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1946-1972
PUBLISHERThe University of Chicago Press
CITYChicago, IL
DATE PUBLISHED1999
ISBN0-226-12017-1


This biography documents the initial twenty-five years of the first major national laboratory built for civilian purposes in the United States. Presented as a biography of a community, the book incorporates memos, letters, anecdotes, descriptions of significant events, and interviews in order to provide portraits of Brookhaven’s instruments, personnel, scientific research, and public relations. The author focuses mainly on Brookhaven's reactor and accelerator programs and the problems that arose in the community from fear of radiation. Both technically accurate and engaging, the book is geared toward science historians but is also suitable for a general audience. The book includes photos and illustrations, maps and diagrams, appendices listing key personnel and chairmen of the laboratory during the time period covered by the biography, and an index.


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