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The Call of the Frontier

in Fermilab

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226346236
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226346250 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226346250.003.0002
The Call of the Frontier

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This chapter discusses the conception of the Fermilab particle accelerator laboratory in the context of the frontier rhetoric. It explains that during the 1960s heroic frontier imagery illuminated the rhetoric of many politicians who spoke about science and technology, and references to the frontier appeared often in the writings and speeches. This article suggests that Robert R. Wilson's heroic tales of pioneers struggling on the frontier offered relief or even hope during the turbulence of the late 1960s and that this version of the frontier rhetoric forged an identity at Fermilab that unified his workforce.

Keywords: Fermilab; particle accelerator; frontier rhetoric; science and technology; Robert R. Wilson; identity; workforce

Chapter.  2489 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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