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This collection of sixteen essays on the history of science in America ranges chronologically from the early nineteenth century to the present. The essays reflect the ever-broadening scope of the discipline: from the pursuit of science in elite academic, industrial, and governmental settings to science at home and in the movies. Such timely issues as women and science, the ethics of science, and the bomb are examined.
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A collection of 16 essays which have appeared in Isis, the magazine of the History of Science Society. Contributions cover topics ranging from the early 19th century to the present and reflect the ever-broadening scope of the discipline, from the pursuit of science in elite academic, industrial, and governmental settings to science at home and in the movies. Lacks an index. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226608372
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press Journals
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Science in American Society: A Generation of Historical Debate, with Headnote and Afterword 2
The Process of Professionalization in America Science: The Emergent Period, 1820-1860 21
The Dilemmas of Science in the United States: Alexander Dallas Bache and the U.S. Coast Survey 37
Parlors, Primers, and Public Schooling: Education for Science in Nineteenth-Century America 61
Sources of Misconception on the Role of Science in the Nineteenth-Century American College 83
The Ph.D. Machine: Building on the Collegiate Base 98
"Women's Work" in Science, 1880-1910 123
Mathematics and the Physical Sciences in America, 1880-1930 141
The Development of High School Biology: New York City, 1900-1925 160
Ionists in Industry: Physical Chemistry at General Electric, 1900-1915 187
Cinematic Nature: Hollywood Technology, Popular Culture, and the American Museum of Natural History 203
Political Animals: The Shaping of Biomedical Research Literature in Twentieth-Century America 228
MIT and the Federal "Angel": Academic R & D and Federal-Private Cooperation before World War II 247
Inventing a Climate of Opinion: Vannevar Bush and the Decision to Build the Bomb 273
The National Science Foundation and the Debate over Postwar Research Policy, 1942-1945: A Political Interpretation of Science - The Endless Frontier 297
Science as a Weapon in Kulturkampfe in the United States During and After World War II 320
Appendix: Isis Articles on American Science, 1912-1995 335
Contributors and Editors 341
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