Physicists / Edition 2

Physicists / Edition 2

by Daniel J. Kevles
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674666569

ISBN-13: 9780674666566

Pub. Date: 03/01/1995

Publisher: Harvard University Press

This magnificent account of the coming of age of physics in America has been heralded as the best introduction to the history of science in the United States. Unsurpassed in its breadth and literary style, Kevles's account portrays the brilliant scientists who became a powerful force in bringing the world into a revolutionary new era.

The book ranges widely as it

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This magnificent account of the coming of age of physics in America has been heralded as the best introduction to the history of science in the United States. Unsurpassed in its breadth and literary style, Kevles's account portrays the brilliant scientists who became a powerful force in bringing the world into a revolutionary new era.

The book ranges widely as it links these exciting developments to the social, cultural, and political changes that occurred from the post-Civil War years to the present. Throughout, Kevles keeps his eye on the central question of how an avowedly elitist enterprise grew and prospered in a democratic culture.

In this new edition, the author has brought the story up to date by providing an extensive, authoritative, and colorful account of the Superconducting Super Collider, from its origins in the international competition and intellectual needs of high-energy particle physics, through its establishment as a multibillion-dollar project, to its termination, in 1993, as a result of angry opposition within the American physics community and the Congress.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674666566
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
538
Sales rank:
641,247
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

Preface, 1995
Preface to the First Edition
IThe Many Wants of Science3
IIEnnobling and Purifying the Mind14
IIIThe Flaws of American Physics25
IVPure Science and Practical Politics45
VResearch and Reform60
VIJoining the Revolution75
VIIA Need for New Patrons91
VIII"War Should Mean Research"102
IXThe War Work of the Physicists117
XCold War in Science139
XIThe Impact of Quantum Mechanics155
XIIPopularization and Conservatism170
XIIIMaking the Peaks Higher185
XIVA New Center of Physics200
XVMiraculous Year222
XVIRevolt Against Science236
XVIIThe New Deal and Research252
XVIIIRecovery in Physics267
XIXOrganizing for Defense287
XXA Physicists' War302
XXIThe Bomb and Postwar Research Policy324
XXIIVictory for Elitism349
XXIIIThe Physicists Established367
XXIVNew Revolt Against Science393
XXVA Degree of Disestablishment410
Glossary of Manuscript Citations427
Acknowledgments431
Essay on Sources435
Index465

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