This book highlights the importance of individuals in the shaping of postwar Japan by providing an historical account of how physicists constituted an influential elite. An history of science perspective provides insight into their role, helping us to understand the hybrid identity of Japanese scientists, and how they reinvented t only themselves, but also Japan. The book is special in that it uses the history of science to deal with issues relating to Japanese identity, and how it was transformed in the decades after Japan's defeat. It explores the lives and work of seven physicists, two of whom were Nobel prize winners. It makes use of little-kwn Occupation period documents, personal papers of physicists, and Japanese language source material.
MORRIS LOW is Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies and Director of the Asian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is co-author of Science, Technology and Society in Contemporary Japan (CUP, 1999) and co-editor of Asian Masculinities: The Meaning and Practice of Manhood in China and Japan (Routledge Curzon, 2003) and editor of a three-volume anthology Science, Technology and R&D in Japan (Routledge, 2001).