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Jul 25, 2022

Michael Hiltzik is a Pulitzer-Prize winning author and journalist who writes for the Los Angeles Times. We spoke with him about his books Dealers of Lightning: Xerox Parc and the Dawn of the Computer Age; Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century; Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex; and Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America.

 

"The whole idea of “Big Science” which required so much funding really started with [Ernest] Lawrence and his work at the Manhattan Project and it survived and then continues really to this day through the big labs and these big projects." M. Kiltzik