Beamtimes and lifetimes: the world of high energy physicists by Sharon Traweek

By Sharon Traweek

The original breed of particle physicists constitutes a neighborhood of subtle mythmakers--explicators of the character of topic who without end modify our perspectives of area and time. yet who're those humans? what's their international fairly like? Sharon Traweek, a daring and unique observer of tradition, opens the door to this strange area and gives us a glimpse into the internal sanctum.

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Simultaneously, they believe that this grand structure of physical truth can be progressively uncovered, and that this is the highest and most urgent human pursuit. Their everyday anxieties about the terrible loss of time-terrors that are carefully maintained in the culture of physics, as if they were essential driving forces for the good physicists-seem to me a mirror image of the cosmological vision that transcends change and mortality. I came to this view by spending many hours and months around detectors, coming to see them as embodying all their builders' divergent meanings and experiences of time.

The ads routinely placed in the Stanford University Daily are acceptable within the letter of the law because they are defined as intraorganizational notices. The shift from passive dispensation of information upon request to more assertive public relations is a move made in the 1970s by SLAC as well as other laboratories. , and the aggressive political action of laboratory directors on behalf of their laboratories in the last forty years. 6 Mutual self-interest governs this and other aspects of SLACUniversity relations.

Roles in administration and public policy are clearly to be undertaken after, not during, a major career in research. From the same large, cluttered office this man also leads the theoretical physics group, which occupies the rest of the third floor. All but one of the nineteen theoretical physicists, including visitors, are male. Their offices usually contain only blackboards and the routine grey metal chairs and desks. ne hears everywhere the low hum of conversation, the dull scrape of chalk, and occasionally the click of keys from computer terminals.

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