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The Resource Competing with the Soviets : science, technology, and the state in Cold War America, Audra J. Wolfe

Competing with the Soviets : science, technology, and the state in Cold War America, Audra J. Wolfe

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Competing with the Soviets : science, technology, and the state in Cold War America
Title
Competing with the Soviets
Title remainder
science, technology, and the state in Cold War America
Statement of responsibility
Audra J. Wolfe
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
'For most of the second half of the twentieth century, the United States and its allies competed with a hostile Soviet Union in almost every way imaginable except open military engagement. The Cold War placed two opposite conceptions of the good society before the uncommitted world and history itself, and science figured prominently in the picture. Competing with the Soviets offers a short, accessible introduction to the special role that science and technology played in maintaining state power during the Cold War, from the atomic bomb to the Human Genome Project. The high-tech machinery of nuclear physics and the space race are at the center of this story, but Audra J. Wolfe also examines the surrogate battlefield of scientific achievement in such diverse fields as urban planning, biology, and economics; explains how defense-driven federal investments created vast laboratories and research programs; and shows how unfamiliar worries about national security and corrosive questions of loyalty crept into the supposedly objective scholarly enterprise. Based on the assumption that scientists are participants in the culture in which they live, Competing with the Soviets looks beyond the debate about whether military influence distorted science in the Cold War. Scientists' choices and opportunities have always been shaped by the ideological assumptions, political mandates, and social mores of their times. The idea that American science ever operated in a free zone outside of politics is, Wolfe argues, itself a legacy of the ideological Cold War that held up American science, and scientists, as beacons of freedom in contrast to their peers in the Soviet Union. Arranged chronologically and thematically, the book highlights how ideas about the appropriate relationships among science, scientists, and the state changed over time
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DLC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q127.U6
LC item number
W65 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Johns Hopkins introductory studies in the history of science
Label
Competing with the Soviets : science, technology, and the state in Cold War America, Audra J. Wolfe
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The atomic age -- The military-industrial complex -- Big science -- Hearts and minds and markets -- Science and the general welfare -- The race to the moon -- The end of consensus -- Cold War redux
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 166 pages
Isbn
9781421407692
Isbn Type
(hdbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012012930
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)793339974
  • (OCoLC)ocn793339974
Label
Competing with the Soviets : science, technology, and the state in Cold War America, Audra J. Wolfe
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The atomic age -- The military-industrial complex -- Big science -- Hearts and minds and markets -- Science and the general welfare -- The race to the moon -- The end of consensus -- Cold War redux
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 166 pages
Isbn
9781421407692
Isbn Type
(hdbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012012930
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)793339974
  • (OCoLC)ocn793339974

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