The Quark Machines: How Europe Fought the Particle Physics War, Second Edition

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CRC Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Science - 210 pages
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Relating the story of the transatlantic struggle for subnuclear domination, The Quark Machines: How Europe Fought the Particle Physics War, Second Edition covers the history, the politics, and the personalities of particle physics. Extensively illustrated with many original photographs of the key players in the field, the book sheds new light on the sovereignty issues of modern scientific research as well as the insights it has produced.

Throughout the twentieth century, Europe and the United States have vied for supremacy of subnuclear physics. Initially, the advent of World War II and an enforced exodus of scientific talent from Europe boosted American efforts. Then, buoyed along by the need to develop the bomb and the ensuing distrust of the Cold War, the United States vaulted into a commanding role-a position it retained for almost fifty years. Throughout this period, each new particle accelerator was a major campaign, each new particle a battle won.

With the end of the Cold War, U.S. preeminence evaporated and Europe retook the advantage. Now CERN, for four decades the spearhead of the European fightback, stands as the leading global particle physics center. Today, particle physics is at a turning point in its history-how well Europe retains its advantage remains to be seen.
 

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Fraser is well qualified to write this account of particle physics research. A scientist in his own right, he has for the past 18 years been the editor of CERN [Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche ... Read full review

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Contents

Subnuclear Liftoff
6
Exodus
14
The Storm Breaks
31
The Grapes of Wrath
48
All We Want is the Worlds Biggest Machine
65
The quark in the box
83
Glued from the spot
99
Ideas in collision
111
Vacuumpacked physics
127
Physics from AA to Z
143
Armageddon in Texas
159
Last in a line of rings
175
Financial give and take
189
Further reading
196
Index
201
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