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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.’ "
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Hansen Laboratories - High-Energy Physics - SLAC - arms control - career in physics - history of physics - physics and politics - physics autobiography
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.