Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex is the untold story of how science went big, the creation of the bombs that helped win World War II, and the forgotten genius who started it all, Ernest Lawrence. Since the 1930s, the scale of scientific endeavors has grown exponentially with machines becoming larger and ambitions growing bolder. The birth of Big Science can be traced to Berkeley, California, nearly nine decades ago, when a resourceful young scientist with a talent for physics and an even greater talent for promotion pondered his new invention and declared, "I'm going to be famous ". Ernest Lawrence's cyclotron would revolutionize nuclear physics and would change our understanding of the basic building blocks of nature. This is the incredible story of how one invention changed the world and of the man principally responsible for it all.
Michael Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has covered business, technology, and public policy for the Los Angeles Times for three decades. He currently serves as the Times' business columnist and host of its business blog,The Economy Hub. His books include The New Deal, Colossus, Dealers of Lightning, and The Plot Against Social Security. Hiltzik received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for articles exposing corruption in the entertainment industry. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.
From a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Los Angeles Times contributor, the untold story of how science went "big," built the bombs that helped win World War II, and became dependent on government and industry--and the forgotten genius who started it all, Ernest Lawrence.