Facing The Frontier: Fermilab 1967 - 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 8 p.m.- Tickets $5
From buffalo to bottom quarks, Fermilab is connected with frontier exploration and discovery. Fermilab
has stood at the frontier of physics for 40 years and is home to trail-blazing scientific breakthroughs,
including the discoveries of the top and bottom quarks. This lecture reveals how and why Fermilab came
to Illinois and discusses the founders of Fermilab: a maverick cowboy physicist and two Nobel Prize
winners. Rooted in the Manhattan Project, the Lab's history spans the Cold War years as it became the
most powerful high energy accelerator in the world. Exemplifying science in harmony with nature, the
talk will highlight Fermilabís attention to art and architecture and consideration for the lived
environment through green space, prairie restoration, and even a herd of buffalo, while showing the
way to the frontiers of particle physics.
Kolbís new book, "Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier and Megascience," is the first history of
Fermilab and illuminates the growth of the modern research laboratory and captures the drama of
human exploration at the cutting-edge of science.