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Author Tarter, C. Bruce, author

Title The American lab : an insider's history of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory / Bruce Tarter
Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2018]
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Series Johns Hopkins nuclear history and contemporary affairs
Contents Intro; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Part I. Making the Cold War Cold, 1952-1971; 1. Origins; 2. Getting Started; 3. The Foundation of Deterrence; 4. Arms Control, Atoms for Peace, and the Test Ban; 5. Organization and Evolution of the Laboratory; 6. Development of the Stockpile; 7. Nuclear Excursions; 8. Transition; Part II. Lasers, Lasers, Nothing but Lasers, 1971-1988; 9. Changing of the Guard; 10. The Nuclear Weapons Program; 11. Lasers; 12. The Energy Crisis and New Programs; 13. Evolution of the Broader Lab; 14. Star Wars; 15. End of the Era
Part III. Renaissance, Repression, and Reorganization, 1988-200816. End of the Cold War; 17. Post-Cold War Changes; 18. Early Days with the New Administration; 19. Stockpile Stewardship and the Presidential Decision; 20. Growth of the Lab; 21. The Troubles and Their Weathering; 22. Summing Up; 23. Transitional Years; Epilogue; Acronyms and Abbreviations; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z
Summary "In The American Lab, former LLNL director Bruce Tarter captures the spirit of the Laboratory and its reflection of the broader world in which it thrived. He identifies the major themes that have characterized science and technology in the latter half of the twentieth century--the growth and decline of nuclear warheads, the unprecedented rise of supercomputing technology, laser systems, fusion, and mass spectrometry. He illuminates the Cold War dynamic from the participants' point of view--an unusual and valuable perspective on nuclear history. The story of the laboratory is a tale of three eras. Although the Lab took its research vision from European Edward Teller, its modus operandi came almost exclusively from namesake Ernest Lawrence and was subsequently invented in-house by its scientists and staff. During its first two decades the Lab's focus was almost entirely on nuclear weapons research and development, with a few other smaller enterprises that were technically related to the nuclear weapons activities. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Laboratory, along with many others in the Department of Energy complex, expanded into civilian pursuits that included energy, environment, biology, and basic science. A major program in laser science and technology became a cornerstone of this period. The third era was initiated by the end of the Cold War and saw the transformation of the traditional nuclear weapons activities into the stockpile stewardship program along with the rapid growth of projects that can be broadly characterized as homeland security. Tarter's history/memoir of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, provides an insider's examination of nuclear science in the Cold War and the technological shift that occurred after the fall of the Berlin Wall."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Cold War (1945-1989)
Cold War
Military research -- United States -- History
Nuclear weapons -- Research -- United States -- History
Research -- United States -- History
Technological innovations -- United States -- History
Military research.
Nuclear weapons -- Research.
Technological innovations.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1421425327 (electronic bk.)
1421425327 (electronic)
9781421425320 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Insider's history of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Insider's history of LLNL