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Science goes to war : the search for the ultimate weapon, from Greek fire to Star Wars

Author: Ernest Volkman
Publisher: New York ; Chichester : Wiley, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For as long as humans have waged war, generals have turned to science in their quest for ever-more-terrible weapons, from the war chariot to the armored tank, from the catapult to the cruise missile. And from Archimedes to Oppenheimer, the scientists who developed these engines of destruction have been horrified, inspired, supported, and revolted by their military creations." "In Science Goes to War, journalist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Volkman, Ernest.
Science goes to war.
New York ; Chichester : Wiley, ©2002
(OCoLC)606788326
Online version:
Volkman, Ernest.
Science goes to war.
New York ; Chichester : Wiley, ©2002
(OCoLC)608039308
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ernest Volkman
ISBN: 0471410071 9780471410072
OCLC Number: 48885208
Description: ix, 278 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: the ghost in the machine --
"The valor of men is ended!" --
Bride of faith --
The dragon's teeth --
Outward bound --
The final argument of kings --
Prometheus unchained --
The sorcerer's apprentices --
A thousand suns --
The age of doom --
Afterword: of microbes and thunderbolts.
Responsibility: Ernest Volkman.
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"For as long as humans have waged war, generals have turned to science in their quest for ever-more-terrible weapons, from the war chariot to the armored tank, from the catapult to the cruise missile. And from Archimedes to Oppenheimer, the scientists who developed these engines of destruction have been horrified, inspired, supported, and revolted by their military creations." "In Science Goes to War, journalist Ernest Volkman traces the long, often contentious relationship between science and warfare. Beginning with the Assyrians, who established the first military R & D program more than 3,000 years ago, Volkman details the never-ending search for the ultimate weapon. He examines the military research of history's most renowned scientists and explains the military significance of many nonmilitary inventions, such as the printing press, the compass, and canned food."--Jacket.

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