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Traweek gets inside the heads of physicists…She shows their similarities and difference, how their careers are shaped, how they interact with their colleagues, how they do physics and how their ideas about time and space shape their social structure. Traweek has produced a revealing and intimate look at this exclusive world and its mores.
— Lee Dembart
Every sensitive observer of contemporary science and technology will want to read this short, compelling description.
— Susan E. Cozzens
A groundbreaking work about how modern science functions. As the only anthropologist studying high-energy physics, Traweek brings a unique and valuable perspective to the study of this curious and important modern community.
— Michael Riordan
Traweek's account successfully captures much of the flavour of the high-energy physicist's way of life…They aspire to reveal the immutable, everlasting laws governing the evolution of the universe "outside human space and time" yet the physicist themselves, only brief visitors to this world, are all too human, children of their cultures in their pride and frailties.
— John Mulvey
Prologue: An Anthropologist Studies Physicists
Touring the Site: Powerful Places in the Laboratory
Inventing Machines That Discover Nature: Detectors at SLAC and KEK
Pilgrim's Progress: Male Tales Told During a Life in Physics
Ground States: Distinctions and the Ties That Bind
Buying Time and Taking Space: Negotiations, Collaboration, and Change
Epilogue: Knowledge and Passion