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on 15 February 2015
This is a great book about how Big Science came around. Short clear and interesting, worth a read.
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on 11 February 2003
The book title is a misnomer, although discussion of the Manhattan project does occupy 3 of the 12 chapters, it is in no way what this book is about. A better title would have been “The Rise and Fall of Big Science in Small Scale Physics” as beside being a discourse on Big Science in the 20th century it is almost exclusively linked to particle physics and gives only the smallests of acknowledgements to the Human Genome Project and nothing more than a cursory mention to what is probably the biggest “Big Science” project, landing a man on the moon. Despite the criticisms of the title the text is well written and easy to read (I completed the 160 pages in a day reading intermittently), there is a definate lack of personalities in the text, although many famous science names are mentioned... The lack of depth in the names mentioned and next to no discussion of their personalities (saying someone was a good organiser hardly gives them a personality) means that this book has very little to offer above a magazine article on the state of particle physics.
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