The Science of War: Canadian Scientists and Allied Military Technology during the Second World War / Edition 1

The Science of War: Canadian Scientists and Allied Military Technology during the Second World War / Edition 1

by Donald H. Avery
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802059961

ISBN-13: 9780802059963

Pub. Date: 10/31/1998

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

The Second World War, with its emphasis on innovative weapons and defence technology, brought about massive changes in the role of scientists in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain. Canadian scientists, working through the auspices of the National Research Council and the Department of National Defence, made important contributions to the development of

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The Second World War, with its emphasis on innovative weapons and defence technology, brought about massive changes in the role of scientists in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain. Canadian scientists, working through the auspices of the National Research Council and the Department of National Defence, made important contributions to the development of alliance warfare.

Before 1939, Canada had only a minute military establishment and a limited industrial and academic capacity for research and development. With the outbreak of war, all this changed dramatically. This book explains how and why Canada was able to play in the big leagues of military technology, including the development of radar, RDX explosives, proximity fuses, chemical and biological warfare, and the atomic bomb. It also investigates the evolution of the Canadian national security state, which attempted to protect defence secrets both from the Axis powers and from Canada's wartime ally, the Soviet Union.

The Science of War provides both a cross-disciplinary overview of the scientific and military activity of this period in several countries and a fascinating analysis of what the author calls 'Big Science' in Canada.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802059963
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
10/31/1998
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.36(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction3
1Canada's Defence Scientists: Organizing for War, 1938-194014
2Building the Defence Science Alliance, 1940-194341
3Radar Research and Allied Cooperation, 1940-194568
4Weapons Systems: Proximity Fuses and RDX96
5Chemical Warfare Planning, 1939-1945122
6Canadian Biological and Toxin Warfare Research: Development and Planning, 1939-1945151
7Atomic Research: The Montreal Laboratory, 1942-1946176
8Secrets, Security, and Spies, 1939-1945203
9Scientists, National Security, and the Cold War228
Conclusion256
Appendix 1Major Military, Political, and Scientific Events267
Appendix 2Brief Biographical Sketches272
Notes281
Bibliography367
Illustration Credits387
Index389

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