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Panofsky on Physics, Politics, and Peace

Pief Remembers

Panofsky, Wolfgang K.H.

2007, VII, 191 p.

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  • Combines autobiographical information with a discussion of relevant science and policy
  • Traces Dr. Panofsky’s career from early research to the Stanford Linear Accelerator to arms control and nonproliferation
  • Offers analysis of issues apart from biographical narrative

Wolfgang K.H. Panofsky is a prominent physicist who has been an active contributor to elementary particle physics, accelerator building, and laboratory administration as well as to international security policy and arms control. This volume is a somewhat unorthodox memoir.

In Panofsky’s words:

"This volume contains an unsystematic account of my past work; it is not intended to be an autobiography in the conventional meaning of the term. It is not even remotely a scholarly description of the momentous developments in which I was able to participate; rather it is a recital of memorable episodes, borrowing from the compulsory preface of facetious British history: ‘History is not what you thought. It is what you can remember.’ "

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Content Level » Research

Keywords » Hansen Laboratories - High-Energy Physics - SLAC - arms control - career in physics - history of physics - physics and politics - physics autobiography

Related subjects » History & Philosophical Foundations of Physics - Particle and Nuclear Physics

Table of contents 

School Time in Germany.- Transition to the United States and Undergraduate Life at Princeton University.- Graduate Study and War Work at Caltech.- Work at the University of California Radiation Laboratory.- Military Work at Berkeley and the Loyalty Oath.- Beginnings at Stanford.- Research and Teaching Before SLAC.- Science Advising and Arms Control: The Beginnings.- Establishing SLAC.- Building a Laboratory.- Physics and the Cold War.- Student Unrest at Stanford.- Fixed Target Research at SLAC.- New Facilities—Colliding Beams.- International High Energy Physics.- Advances in Accelerator-Based High-Energy Physics.- Science and Politics After Retirement.

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