Constructing the Ring, 1968–1972

in Fermilab

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226346236
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226346250 | DOI:
Constructing the Ring, 1968–1972

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This chapter discusses the history of the construction of the accelerator rings of the National Accelerator Laboratory during the period 1968 to 1972. It explains that while Berkeley designers mistrusted Robert R. Wilson's lack of experience in building large proton synchrotrons, his philosophy of taking risks to save money was considered by many in the U.S. as an appropriate, noble, or even patriotic response to the government's call for cost reduction. This chapter suggests that Wilson learned his cost saving strategies from his experience at Ernest Lawrence's laboratory in the 1930s and at Robert Oppenheimer's laboratory in Los Alamos during the 1940s.

Keywords: accelerator rings; National Accelerator Laboratory; Robert R. Wilson; proton synchrotrons; cost reduction; Ernest Lawrence's laboratory; Robert Oppenheimer's laboratory

Chapter.  11138 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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