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Come Fly With Me, Goldin Tells Physicists

Science  04 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5420, pp. 1597-1598
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5420.1597a

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BATAVIA, ILLINOIS-- Space is the final frontier for particle physics, NASA Administrator Dan Goldin declared in a 28 May press conference here at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. But Goldin's vision of joining forces with the Department of Energy and other agencies in an all-out assault on the mysteries of gravity and high-energy physics failed to uplift some listeners when he labeled Earth-bound accelerators--the focus of DOE's high-energy physics program--a "smokestack approach" to research.