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(June 15–24, 2012)

Jürgen Eidt

Burg Rheinfels

Richard C. Drew

Tractricious: It all started with the Big Bang

Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois, USA

June 23rd 2012, 4:30pm CST

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Completed in 1988, Tractricious stands in front of Industrial Building l, at the Fermilab Industrial Complex. To quote the Fermilab site "The sculpture is comprised of 16 stainless steel outer tubes, made from scrap cryostat tubes from Tevatron dipole magnets, and 16 inner tubes, which are 5 in., Schedule 40, carbon steel pipes from old well casings salvaged from the Fermilab "bone yard." Each outer tube is 39 ft long and 6-1/2 in. in diameter, and weigh 550 pounds apiece; the sculpture itself rises to a height of 36 ft."

So what exactly does this have to do with Heritage? Fermilab is steeped in scientific heritage and accomplishments. To quote the APS Physics publication, "Fermilab has a proud heritage including studies of quark scattering using hadron, muon, and neutrino beams, precise studies of matter-antimatter asymmetry, precision tests of the Standard Model, and of course the discovery of the bottom and top quarks. Together, with the rest of the national laboratories at Cornell, Jefferson Lab, Argonne, Brookhaven, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and others, these institutions promote cross-disciplinary interactions between various academic fields, as well as between scientists and engineers, and they serve as an irreplaceable channel for the broader goal of developing our base of an advanced STEM workforce.

Data from just the Collider Detector experiment at Fermilab produces two dozen Ph.D. theses per year and a scientific paper every six days; the DZero (study of subatomic particles, including the Higgs Boson) experiment goes even further with three dozen Ph.D. theses from new data and 50 scientific papers per year. In total, Fermilab can produce more than 100 PhDs in a single year based solely on lab data."

Translation: From cancer treatment to cereal box printing, MRI's, X-rays - the benefits are almost endless.

Fermilab IS scientific heritage.
Fermilab History: http://history.fnal.gov/

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