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Science in the Federal Government : A History of Policies and Activities - A.Hunter Dupree

Science in the Federal Government

A History of Policies and Activities

Paperback Published: 1st August 1986
ISBN: 9780801833816
Number Of Pages: 488
For Ages: 22+ years old

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From the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to the onset of World War II, Dupree shows how federal involvement in science centered on key national interests-geographical exploration and expansion, agriculture and conservation, medicine, public health, industry and the military. Dupree examines the roles and impact that individuals and institutions such as the Smithsonian and National Academy of Sciences have had on American science.

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The qualities that made Science in the Federal Government exemplary in 1957 still do so today. The book demonstrates that the history of science can be done as an integral part of political and social history, that the history of institutions need not be narrow and dull if it includes the human dimension of personalities and elites and social relationships. It succeeds admirably in treating technical aspects of science without letting them dominate the central organizational and human themes. Dupree's achievement has been and still is reassuring and inspiring. * Isis *

Prefacep. vii
Preface to the First Editionp. xix
First Attempts to Form a Policy, 1787-1800p. 1
Theory and Action in the Jeffersonian Era, 1800-1829p. 20
Practical Achievements in the Age of the Common Man, 1829-1842p. 44
The Fulfillment of Smithson's Will, 1829-1861p. 66
The Great Explorations and Surveys, 1842-1861p. 91
Bache and the Quest for a Central Scientific Organization, 1851-1861p. 115
The Civil War, 1861-1865p. 120
The Evolution of Research in Agriculture, 1862-1916p. 149
The Decline of Science in the Military Services, 1865-1890p. 184
The Geological Survey, 1867-1885p. 195
The Allison Commission and the Department of Science, 1884-1886p. 215
Conservation, 1865-1916p. 232
Medicine and Public Health, 1865-1916p. 256
The Completion of the Federal Scientific Establishment, 1900-1916p. 271
Patterns of Government Research in Modern America, 1865-1916p. 289
The Impact of World War I, 1914-1918p. 302
Transition to a Business Era, 1919-1929p. 326
The Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1939p. 344
Prospect and Retrospect at the Beginning of a New Era, 1940p. 369
Chronologyp. 383
Bibliographic Notep. 387
Referencesp. 395
Indexp. 443
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ISBN: 9780801833816
ISBN-10: 0801833817
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 1st August 1986
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.78
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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