Item description for Engines of Discovery: A Century of Particle Accelerators by Andrew Sessler & Edmund Wilson...
This book for the first time chronicles the development of particle accelerators from the invention of electrostatic accelerators, linear accelerators, and the cyclotron to the colliders of today. It also addresses accelerators employed as sources of x-rays, for medical purposes, and in industrial applications. The book identifies the crucial discoveries in applied physics and engineering that have driven the field and gives the reader insight into the people who made these discoveries as well as the methods they used. Particle accelerators exploit every aspect of today s cutting edge technology to the full and they themselves have contributed to these technologies. It is a saga every bit as fascinating as man s mastery of transport and communications a century before and from which we have much to learn for the future. Thus, the book should appeal to the general public, scientists, and students. The field of accelerator physics is, at this time, a very active field. The governments of developed and developing countries spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually on particle physics research a pure science with important implications for the understanding of not only particle physics, but also astronomy and cosmology. At the same time there is much activity in developing light sources and spallation neutron sources both employed for extensive studies in surface science, chemistry, biology, and medicine. There is also large commercial activity in producing accelerators for industrial and medical use.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 10.75" Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Release Date Jul 4, 2007
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9812700714 ISBN13 9789812700711
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retirement luncheon book Nov 9, 2008
This book is basically a tribute from the good old boys to the good old boys in the inner circle of accelerator builders -- and they're all boys, and all but half a dozen of the people listed in the sidebars are over 70 (or are dead). It also emphasizes contributions other than American, which is a plus. On the other hand, there are many significant omissions. Most striking is the omission of the many contributions made by one of the authors, Andy Sessler, both as an accelerator theoretician and as director of the Berkeley lab. There is only a superficial discussion of the Los Alamos Meson Facility, with its high intensity proton and neutron beams, and its pioneering work in pion cancer therapy, and its guiding spirit and director, Louis Rosen, isn't mentioned at all. The Princeton Pennsylvania Accelerator (later, the Princeton Particle Accelerator) is not recognized as the first rapid cycling synchrotron, and the first synchrotron to accelerate relativistic heavy ions, where the first biology and physics experiments with these were performed. The director of the PPA, Milton White, had the original idea for the separated function configuration currently standard for all machines (he also wrote the first textbook on radar after working at the MIT radiation laboratory during the war). Most importantly, the book does not make good on its title. Unless you are already familiar with the field, there is no way you can appreciate why accelerators are "engines of discovery", or how, from this slim volume. I bought it based on a review in Physics Today, evidently written by someone who has no clue about this rich and important field of science and technology.