Blazing the Trail to CERN, 1949-54

History of CERN: Vol. 1. Launching the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Armin Hermann, John Knge, Ulnke Mersits and Dominique Pestre. North-Holland, The Netherlands, 1987. Distributed in the United States and Canada by Elsevier Science Publishers, New York. 600 pp. $110. Since World War II, large laboratories have played an increasingly important role in hosting the world's largest and most expensive basic research projects. For example, the mammoth projects in large laboratories ha

Catherine Westfall
Jul 26, 1987
History of CERN: Vol. 1. Launching the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Armin Hermann, John Knge, Ulnke Mersits and Dominique Pestre. North-Holland, The Netherlands, 1987. Distributed in the United States and Canada by Elsevier Science Publishers, New York. 600 pp. $110.


Since World War II, large laboratories have played an increasingly important role in hosting the world's largest and most expensive basic research projects. For example, the mammoth projects in large laboratories have ushered in productive new styles of team research as well as novel problems in organization and science policy. Because of the distinctive features of large-scale science, a growing number of scholars, including John Heilbron, Lillian Hoddeson, Robert Seidel and Allan Needell, have studied the history of major scientific institutions. In addition to individual studies, archival and history projects have been established at such institutions as Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Fermi National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and CERN,...

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