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From the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to the onset of World War II, Dupree shows how federal involvement in science centered on key national interests--geographical exploration and expansion, agriculture and conservation, medicine, public health, industry and the military. Dupree examines the roles and impact that individuals and institutions such as the Smithsonian and National Academy of Sciences have had on American science.
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The qualities that made Science in the Federal Government exemplary in 1957 still do so today. The book demonstrates that the history of science can be done as an integral part of political and social history, that the history of institutions need not be narrow and dull if it includes the human dimension of personalities and elites and social relationships. It succeeds admirably in treating technical aspects of science without letting them dominate the central organizational and human themes. Dupree's achievement has been and still is reassuring and inspiring.

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The qualities that made Science in the Federal Government exemplary in 1957 still do so today. The book demonstrates that the history of science can be done as an integral part of political and social history, that the history of institutions need not be narrow and dull if it includes the human dimension of personalities and elites and social relationships. It succeeds admirably in treating technical aspects of science without letting them dominate the central organizational and human themes. Dupree's achievement has been and still is reassuring and inspiring.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801833816
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 9/19/1986
  • Edition description: revised edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Preface to the First Edition xix
I First Attempts to Form a Policy, 1787-1800 1
II Theory and Action in the Jeffersonian Era, 1800-1829 20
III Practical Achievements in the Age of the Common Man, 1829-1842 44
IV The Fulfillment of Smithson's Will, 1829-1861 66
V The Great Explorations and Surveys, 1842-1861 91
VI Bache and the Quest for a Central Scientific Organization, 1851-1861 115
VII The Civil War, 1861-1865 120
VIII The Evolution of Research in Agriculture, 1862-1916 149
IX The Decline of Science in the Military Services, 1865-1890 184
X The Geological Survey, 1867-1885 195
XI The Allison Commission and the Department of Science, 1884-1886 215
XII Conservation, 1865-1916 232
XIII Medicine and Public Health, 1865-1916 256
XIV The Completion of the Federal Scientific Establishment, 1900-1916 271
XV Patterns of Government Research in Modern America, 1865-1916 289
XVI The Impact of World War I, 1914-1918 302
XVII Transition to a Business Era, 1919-1929 326
XVIII The Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1939 344
XIX Prospect and Retrospect at the Beginning of a New Era, 1940 369
Chronology 383
Bibliographic Note 387
References 395
Index 443
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