The Cold War and American Science: The Military-Industrial-Academic Complex at MIT and Stanford

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New Scientist
An eye-opener. During the Second World War, American universities won R&D contracts far bigger than those awarded to industrial giants. . . . Leslie shows how these seductive handouts finally compromised intellectual freedom and crumbled the American economy, causing campus riots on the way.
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Leslie (history of science, Johns Hopkins U.) argues that the post-World War II alliance between the US military, high-tech corporations, and academia, redefined and degraded both science and universities. Using Stanford and MIT as case studies, he describes misplaced priorities, missed opportunities, and market distortions that resulted from the massive influx of defense spending for specific kinds of results. He also notes the anti- science demonstrations on the two campuses during the 1960s. His focus is the impact on scholarly research, intellectual freedom, and scientific progress. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231079587
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/11/1993
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 A University Polarized Around the Military 14
2 Steeple Building in Electronics 44
3 Military Guidance and Control 76
4 Sonic Boom 102
5 The Power of the Nucleus 133
6 Accelerating Physics 160
7 A Matter of State 188
8 Materiel Science 212
9 The Days of Reckoning: March 4 and April 3 233
Notes 257
Index 315
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