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 M. Low
     
 

ISBN-10: 1403968314

ISBN-13: 9781403968319

Pub. Date: 08/22/2005

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US

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 not only themselves, but also Japan.

Overview

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 not 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-known Occupation period documents, personal papers of physicists, and Japanese language source material.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403968319
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
08/22/2005
Series:
Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Coumbia University Series
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

The Shaping of the Japanese Physicist Mobilising Science in World War II: Yoshio Nishina Remobilising Science and Rebuilding Japan: Yoshio Nishina The Social Spokesperson: Shoichi Sakata and Mituo Taketani The Expert: Hideki Yukawa and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga The Technocrat: Ryokichi Sagane The International Scientist: Satio Hayakawa Conclusion

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