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A short history of physics in the American century

Author: David C Cassidy
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.
Series: New histories of science, technology, and medicine.
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As the twentieth century drew to a close, computers, the Internet, and nanotechnology were central to modern American life. Yet the advances in physics underlying these applications are poorly understood and widely underappreciated by U.S. citizens today. In this concise overview, David C. Cassidy sharpens our perspective on modern physics by viewing this foundational science through the lens of America's engagement  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David C Cassidy
ISBN: 9780674049369 0674049365
OCLC Number: 703870833
Description: 211 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Entering the new century --
American physics comes of age --
Surviving the depression --
The physicists war --
Taming the endless frontier --
The new physics --
Sputnik : action and reaction --
Revising the partnership.
Series Title: New histories of science, technology, and medicine.
Responsibility: David C. Cassidy.

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As the twentieth century drew to a close, computers, the Internet, and nanotechnology were central to modern American life. Yet the advances in physics underlying these applications are poorly understood and widely underappreciated by U.S. citizens today. In this concise overview, David C. Cassidy sharpens our perspective on modern physics by viewing this foundational science through the lens of America's engagement with the political events of a tumultuous century. --from publisher description

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