ISBN-10:
0813543312
ISBN-13:
9780813543314
Pub. Date:
07/02/2008
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
In Sputnik's Shadow: The President's Science Advisory Committee and Cold War America

In Sputnik's Shadow: The President's Science Advisory Committee and Cold War America

by Zuoyue Wang, Wany Zuoyue
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ISBN-13: 9780813543314
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 07/02/2008
Pages: 478
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Zuoyue Wang is a professor of history at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Note to the Reader xv

Abbreviations Used in Text xvii

Introduction 1

Part I Prelude: Before Sputnik

1 American Public Science, 1863-1945 13

2 The Origins of Technological Skepticism, 1945-1950 23

3 Mobilizing Science for the Korean War under Truman, 1950-1952 32

4 Science and the National Security State under Eisenhower, 1952-1957 42

Part II Ike, Sputnik, and the Rise of PSAC

5 Eisenhower, Sputnik, and the Creation of PSAC, 1957 71

6 PSAC and the Launching of NASA, 1957-1960 88

7 Military Technology, 1957-1960 100

8 The Search for a Nuclear Test Ban, 1957-1960 120

9 The Politics of Big Science, 1957-1960 142

10 The Control of Science Policy under Eisenhower, 1957-1960 158

Part III The Politics of Technological Skepticism

11 Science at the New Frontier Under Kennedy, 1960-1963 183

12 Responding to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, 1962-1963 199

13 Testing the Limits, 1961-1963 219

14 "Scientists for Johnson," 1964 236

15 PSAC, the Vietnam War, and the ABM Debate, 1964-1968 258

16 The Politics of Technological Dissent under Nixon, 1969-1973 287

Epilogue 311

Conclusion 318

Appendix 325

Abbreviations Used in Notes 329

Notes 333

Bibliography 419

Index 443

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