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In Sputnik's shadow : the President's Science Advisory Committee and Cold War America

Author: Zuoyue Wang
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2008.
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In today's world of rapid advancements in science and technology, we need to scrutinize more than ever the historical forces that shape our perceptions of what these new possibilities can and cannot do for social progress. In Sputnik's Shadow provides a lens to do just that, by tracing the rise and fall of the President's Science Advisory Committee from its ascendance under Eisenhower in the wake of the Soviet  Read more...
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History
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Wang, Zuoyue, 1963-
In Sputnik's shadow.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2007035777
(OCoLC)171049112
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Zuoyue Wang
ISBN: 9780813545141 0813545145
OCLC Number: 271349575
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 454 pages) : illustrations
Contents: American public science, 1863-1945 --
The origins of technological skepticism, 1945-1950 --
Mobilizing science for the Korean War under Truman, 1950-1952 --
Science and the national security state under Eisenhower, 1952-1957 --
Eisenhower, Sputnik, and the creation of PSAC, 1957 --
PSAC and the launching of NASA, 1957-1960 --
Military technology, 1957-1960 --
The search for a nuclear test ban, 1957-1960 --
The politics of big science, 1957-1960 --
The control of science policy under Eisenhower, 1957-1960 --
Science at the new frontier under Kennedy, 1960-1963 --
Responding to Rachel Carson's Silent spring, 1962-1963 --
Testing the limits, 1961-1963 --
"Scientists for Johnson," 1964 --
PSAC, the Vietnam War, and the ABM debate, 1964-1968 --
The politics of technological dissent under Nixon, 1969-1973.
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