The Horn Antenna, Holmdel

Brittany Katz

Photo Courtesy of Fabioj

In Holmdel Township, New Jersey located within Monmouth County resides the Holmdel Horn Antenna in Bell Laboratories. Cosmic microwave background radiation was discovered at Bell Laboratories, which provided evidence in favor of the Big Bang Theory. The discovery made by Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson received the Nobel Peace Prize in Physics in 1978. The Horn Antenna is now a monument that commemorates the innovation and strides towards understanding the environment and increasing space exploration in the 1970’s.

The thought of a 20-foot horn shaped antenna is striking in itself but the story that lies within the structure is even more intriguing. It is particularly special that the discoverers initially believed their project to be a failure but then realized that the static within the antenna was actually radiation resulting from “The Big Bang.”

Finally, this monument had me thinking about how the American Dream and the Melting Pot really are present motifs within past and present American Society. The Big Bang Theory yields to know how the universe was created and Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson provided the world with evidence and knowledge of the past and a stepping stone towards the future.

About urba0090

is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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