Panofsky on Physics, Politics, and Peace: Pief Remembers by Wolfgang K.H. PanofskyPanofsky on Physics, Politics, and Peace: Pief Remembers by Wolfgang K.H. Panofsky

Panofsky on Physics, Politics, and Peace: Pief Remembers

byWolfgang K.H. PanofskyOtherJean Deken

Hardcover | December 5, 2007

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This book is not only an autobiography of the respected physicist and director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, but a discussion and analysis of issues critical to the relationship between independent academic inquiry and imposed government orthodoxy. The book describes each phase of Dr. Panofsky's career in a way that clarifies the nature of the issues surrounding his work, and explains his chosen course of action.
Wolfgang K.H. "Pief" Panofsky, a German-American physicist received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1938 and obtained his PhD from Caltech in 1942. In the years 1945-1951, Panofsky held an assistant professorship at Berkeley, before permanently establishing himself as a Professor of Physics at Stanford. Between 1961 ...
Title:Panofsky on Physics, Politics, and Peace: Pief RemembersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:199 pagesPublished:December 5, 2007Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387697314

ISBN - 13:9780387697314

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Table of Contents

School time in Germany.- Transition to America.- Beginnings in physics as a student - Princeton and Cal Tech.- Early research and beginning of World War II.- War work - Cal Tech and Los Alamos.- UC Berkeley: accelerator building, research, teaching.- The Korean War: the loyalty oath and the Materials Test Accelerator.- Beginnings at Stanford: solidifying the Hansen Laboratories; research and teaching.- Involvement in science advising post-World War II: negotiations and military policy work.- Big science and the start of SLAC.- SLAC management and operation.- The decision to retire and to concentrate on arms control. The nuclear weapons threat after the Cold War.

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews:"Panofsky on Physics, Politics and Peace is an autobiographical essay by a remarkable man. In it Wolfgang 'Pief' Panofsky relates highlights of his professional life: his accomplishments as a scientist, as a teacher, as the director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC, the great high-energy laboratory he built), and as an adviser to those making science, technology and weapons policy at both the national and the international level." (Silvan S. Schweber, American Scientist, June, 2008)"The worlds of high-energy physics and international security have been intimately intertwined since WW II, focusing mainly on production, control, and plans for the use of nuclear weapons. Understanding these connections is vital for anyone wishing to understand and participate in the national political scene. Much of that understanding can be obtained from this record of the life of a man . . Valuable for scientists, politicians, citizens, and security analysts. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates through professionals." (A. M. Saperstein, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (9), 2008)