Robert Wilson, the Gun-Toting Physicist Who Helped Give Us the Particle Accelerator

One day in 1969, the Congressional Joint Committee on Atomic Energy convened in Washington, DC, to hear testimony from a number of scientists concerning a proposed multimillion dollar particle accelerator to be built in Batavia, Illinois. Physics had enjoyed strong government support for two decades in the wake of the… » 9/26/11 2:30pm 9/26/11 2:30pm