Science and the Building of a New Japan (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Coumbia University Series) [NOOK Book]

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"Science and the Building of a New Japan explores the lives and work of seven Japanese physicists, two of whom were Nobel prize winners, who all left an indelible mark in Japan's postwar development. The dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 marked the beginning of the "nuclear age" and the empowerment of a group of young Japanese physicists, key members of whom were of samurai background. These men understood the atom and its potential, quickly making them highly influential "public men" who used science to build a new Japan. During
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Science and the Building of a New Japan (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Coumbia University Series)

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"Science and the Building of a New Japan explores the lives and work of seven Japanese physicists, two of whom were Nobel prize winners, who all left an indelible mark in Japan's postwar development. The dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 marked the beginning of the "nuclear age" and the empowerment of a group of young Japanese physicists, key members of whom were of samurai background. These men understood the atom and its potential, quickly making them highly influential "public men" who used science to build a new Japan. During the first twenty-five years following Japan's surrender, they became engrossed in harnessing atomic energy, lobbied for its peaceful use, and established institutes and experimental facilities for basic research. They had multiple roles, serving as social spokesmen, experts, technocrats, and international scientists." This book highlights the importance of these individuals in the shaping of postwar Japan. Morris Low provides insight into their role, a deeper understanding of the hybrid identity of Japanese scientists, and an explanation of how they reinvented not only themselves, but also Japan in the decades after its defeat.
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"In this new and compelling social and political history, Morris Low explores the self-fashioning of Japanese physicists, their engagement with Western science and their role in the modernization and post-war reconstruction of Japan. With authority and insight, Low guides us through the multi-layered institutional landscape of the physical sciences in twentieth century Japan in war and peace. His incisive analysis is a major contribution to the history of modern Japan, as well as to the history of twentieth century science."
--Dr. Jeff Hughes, Senior Lecturer in History of Science and Technology, University of Manchester, UK

"A worthy and important contribution to the field of science history." -- Walter Grunden -- ISIS

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Morris Low is Assistant Professor of History of Science and Technology at the Johns Hopkins University.

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Table of Contents

1 The making of the Japanese physicist 1
2 Mobilizing science in World War II : Yoshio Nishina 17
3 The impact of the allied occupation : Nishina and Nakasone 45
4 Physicists on the left : Sakata and Taketani 73
5 The politics of pure science : Yukawa and Tomonaga 105
6 Corporate science : Sagane 143
7 Science on the international stage : Hayakawa 169
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