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- DescriptionThe Cold War period saw a dramatic expansion of state-funded science and techlogy research. Government and military patronage shaped Cold War techscientific practices, imposing methods that were project oriented, team based, and subject to national-security restrictions. These changes affected t just the arms race and the space race but also research in agriculture, biomedicine, computer science, ecology, meteorology, and other fields. This volume examines science and techlogy in the context of the Cold War, considering whether the new institutions and institutional arrangements that emerged globally constrained techscientific inquiry or offered greater opportunities for it. The contributors find that whatever the particular science, and whatever the political system in which that science was operating, the kwledge that was produced bore some relation to the goals of the nation-state. These goals varied from nation to nation; weapons research was emphasized in the United States and the Soviet Union, for example, but in France and China scientific independence and self-reliance dominated. The contributors also consider to what extent the changes to science and techlogy practices in this era were produced by the specific politics, anxieties, and aspirations of the Cold War. ContributorsElena Arova, Erik M. Conway, Angela N. H. Creager, David Kaiser, John Krige, Naomi Oreskes, George Reisch, Sigrid Schmalzer, Sonja D. Schmid, Matthew Shindell, Asif A. Siddiqi, Zuoyue Wang, Benjamin Wilson
- Author BiographyNaomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. John Krige is Kranzberg Professor in the School of History, Technology, and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication09/12/2014
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Series TitleTransformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note23 figures
- Weight885 g
- Width178 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edited byJohn Krige,Naomi Oreskes
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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