Competing with the Soviets: Science, Technology, and the State in Cold War America (Johns Hopkins Introductory Studies in the History of Science)

Competing with the Soviets: Science, Technology, and the State in Cold War America (Johns Hopkins Introductory Studies in the History of Science)

Audra J. Wolfe


For many of the moment half the 20th century, the USA and its allies competed with a adversarial Soviet Union in nearly each means that you can imagine other than open army engagement. The chilly conflict put contrary conceptions of the nice society prior to the uncommitted global and historical past itself, and technology figured prominently within the photograph. Competing with the Soviets bargains a quick, obtainable creation to the exact position that technology and expertise performed in holding kingdom energy through the chilly battle, from the atomic bomb to the Human Genome Project.

The high-tech equipment of nuclear physics and the distance race are on the heart of this tale, yet Audra J. Wolfe additionally examines the surrogate battlefield of medical fulfillment in such different fields as city making plans, biology, and economics; explains how defense-driven federal investments created large laboratories and examine courses; and indicates how unexpected concerns approximately nationwide safeguard and corrosive questions of loyalty crept into the supposedly goal scholarly enterprise.

Based at the assumption that scientists are individuals within the tradition during which they stay, Competing with the Soviets seems past the talk approximately no matter if army impact distorted technology within the chilly struggle. Scientists’ offerings and possibilities have consistently been formed by means of the ideological assumptions, political mandates, and social mores in their instances. the concept American technological know-how ever operated in a loose area open air of politics is, Wolfe argues, itself a legacy of the ideological chilly struggle that held up American technological know-how, and scientists, as beacons of freedom unlike their friends within the Soviet Union. prepared chronologically and thematically, the ebook highlights how principles concerning the applicable relationships between technological know-how, scientists, and the country replaced over time.

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