Initially, we didn’t think we’d have time to visit Oak Ridge – our planned route took us on a comparatively leisurely drive from New York to Chicago with a stop in Pittsburgh for a night. But as the recommendations began to pile up, first from John Haggerty and the other physicists at Brookhaven, then Cindy Kelly of the Atomic Heritage Foundation, we realized that the additional visit to Tennessee would probably be worth it.
About the Summer of ScienceDuring the summer of 2009, Lizzie Wade (a writer) and Nick Russell (a writer and photographer) drove 15,000 miles across America to take the pulse of American high energy physics as the Large Hadron Collider slowly rumbled to life in Europe. After visits to eight DOE national laboratories, a NASA lab, the Very Large Array and the abandoned site of the superconducting super collider, an article about the trip appeared in Symmetry Magazine. This blog serves as a space to provide detailed accounts of the lab visits, as well as broader commentary on physics and the experience of a massive road trip.
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