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For most readers of history, science progresses at a steady pace, but the truth of the matter is sometimes otherwise. At the University of California at Berkeley, physics seemed to be taking a siesta during the early seventies. Severe funding cuts and faculty inertia threatened permanently to slow advanced research. This precipitous descent into doldrums was halted by a motley crew of eccentric, imaginative, highly energized group of hippy physicists. What they did to transform a department—and the world of physics is the subject of this fascinating book. History of science at its most entertaining and accessible.