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Beamtimes and Lifetimes

Beamtimes and Lifetimes

The World of High Energy Physicists

Sharon Traweek

ISBN 9780674063488

Publication date: 02/01/1992

The unique breed of particle physicists constitutes a community of sophisticated mythmakers—explicators of the nature of matter who forever alter our views of space and time. But who are these people? What is their world really like? Sharon Traweek, a bold and original observer of culture, opens the door to this unusual domain and offers us a glimpse into the inner sanctum.


  • 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, Los Angeles Times


  • Sharon Traweek is Professor of Anthropology at Rice University.

Book Details

  • 206 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press