Science Festival Public Talk: Up From Nothing
This talk is part of the MSU Science Festival.
Title: Up From Nothing
Speaker: Sam Austin, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Physics & Astronomy and FRIB/NSCL, MSU
Free and open to the public.
Date: Saturday, 14 Apr 2018, 5:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) Auditorium (room 1300)
Target audience: adults.
In 1958 a Cyclotron Laboratory was established at MSU, with the goal of building a cyclotron accelerator and strengthening the research program in nuclear physics. This talk will describe how this laboratory grew from one researcher, its director Henry Blosser, until it could compete successfully for the right to build FRIB, a device at the world forefront in nuclear physics. The story revolves around the set of people, attitudes, goals, and scientific culture that led to this improbable success.