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- DescriptionThis trenchant study analyzes the rise and decline in the quality and format of science in America since World War II. During the Cold War, the U.S. government amply funded basic research in science and medicine. Starting in the 1980s, however, this support began to decline and for-profit corporations became the largest funders of research. Philip Mirowski argues that a powerful neoliberal ideology promoted a radically different view of kwledge and discovery: the fruits of scientific investigation are t a public good that should be freely available to all, but are commodities that could be monetized. Consequently, patent and intellectual property laws were greatly strengthened, universities demanded patents on the discoveries of their faculty, information sharing among researchers was impeded, and the line between universities and corporations began to blur. At the same time, corporations shed their in-house research laboratories, contracting with independent firms both in the States and abroad to supply new products. Among such firms were AT&T and IBM, whose outstanding research laboratories during much of the twentieth century produced Nobel Prize--winning work in chemistry and physics, ranging from the transistor to superconductivity. Science-Mart offers a provocative, learned, and timely critique, of interest to anyone concerned that American science--once the envy of the world--must be more than just ather way to make money.
- Author BiographyPhilip Mirowski is Carl Koch Professor of Economics and the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame.
- Author(s)Philip Mirowski
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication01/04/2011
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note15 graphs, 15 tables
- Weight875 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine36 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards,With printed dust jacket
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