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The Cold War and American Science : The Military-Industrial-Academic Complex at MIT and Stanford - Stuart W. Leslie

The Cold War and American Science

The Military-Industrial-Academic Complex at MIT and Stanford

Paperback Published: 21st July 1994
ISBN: 9780231079594
Number Of Pages: 382
For Ages: 22+ years old

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American science was as much the victim as the beneficiary of the Cold War. What science may have gained in funding, prestige, and political clout, it lost in independence and integrity. As one prominent scientist put it, the military bought American science on the installment plan, with fateful consequences for intellectual freedom. Military money and expectations blurred traditional distinctions between theory and practice, civilian and military, and claffified and unclassified, creating a new kind of American science that derived its character as well as its contracts from the Pentagon. Focusing on MIT and Stanford, Stuart Leslie reveals a regrettable series of misplaced priorities and missed opportunities that have characterized the recent history of science and technology.

"An eye-opener. During the Second World War, American universities won R& D contracts far bigger than those awarded to industrial giants.... Leslie shows how these seductive handouts finally compromised intellectual freedom and crumbled the American economy, causing campus riots on the way." -- "New Scientist" "An eye-opener. During the Second World War, American universities won R& D contracts far bigger than those awarded to industrial giants.... Leslie shows how these seductive handouts finally compromised intellectual freedom and crumbled the American economy, causing campus riots on the way." -- New Scientist "An eye-opener. During the Second World War, American universities won R& D contracts far bigger than those awarded to industrial giants.... Leslie shows how these seductive handouts finally compromised intellectual freedom and crumbled the American economy, causing campus riots on the way." -- "New Scientist"

Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
A University Polarized Around the Militaryp. 14
Steeple Building in Electronicsp. 44
Military Guidance and Controlp. 76
Sonic Boomp. 102
The Power of the Nucleusp. 133
Accelerating Physicsp. 160
A Matter of Statep. 188
Materiel Sciencep. 212
The Days of Reckoning: March 4 and April 3p. 233
Notesp. 257
Indexp. 315
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ISBN: 9780231079594
ISBN-10: 0231079591
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 382
Published: 21st July 1994
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.14 x 15.29  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.52