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

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

by Morris Low
     
 

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. A history of science perspective provides insight into their role, helping us to understand the hybrid identity of Japanese scientists, and how they reinvented not only themselves, but also Japan

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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. A history of science perspective provides insight into their role, helping us to understand the hybrid identity of Japanese scientists, and how they reinvented not only themselves, but also Japan in the decades after its defeat. Low explores the lives and work of seven physicists, two of whom were Nobel prize winners, and makes use of little-known Occupation period documents, personal papers of physicists, and Japanese language source material.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403968319
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/06/2005
Series:
Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Coumbia University Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

The Shaping of the Japanese Physicist
• Mobilising Science in World War II: Yoshio Nishina
• The Impact of the Allied Occupation: Nishina and Nakasone
• Physicists on the Left: Sakata and Taketani
• The Politics of Pure Science: Yukawa and Tomonaga
• Corporate Science: Sagane
• Science on the International Stage: Hayakawa
• Conclusion

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