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Science in the twentieth century and beyond

Author: Jon Agar
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2012.
Series: History of science (Polity Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A history of science from 1900 to the present day, this book surveys modern developments in science during a century of unprecedented change, conflict and uncertainty. The scope is global. Science's claim to access universal truths about the natural world made it an irresistible resource for industrial empires, ideological programs, and environmental campaigners during this period. Science has been at the heart of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jon Agar
ISBN: 9780745634692 0745634699 9780745634708 0745634702
OCLC Number: 437299666
Description: ix, 614 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I. Science after 1900 : New physics --
New sciences of life --
New sciences of the self --
Part II. Sciences in a world of conflict. Science and the First World War --
Crisis: quantum theories and other Weimar sciences --
Science and imperial order --
Expanding universes: private wealth and American science --
Revolutions and materialism --
Nazi science --
Scaling up, scaling down --
Part III. Second World War and Cold War : Science and the Second World War --
Trials of science in the atomic age --
Cold War spaces --
Cold war sciences (1): sciences from the working world of atomic projects --
Cold war sciences (2): sciences from information systems --
Part IV. Sciences of our world : Transition: sea change in the long 1960s --
Networks --
Connecting ends --
Part V. Conclusions : Science in the twentieth century and beyond.
Series Title: History of science (Polity Press)
Other Titles: Science in the 20th century and beyond
Responsibility: Jon Agar.

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* Much-needed overview of the history of science from 1900 to the present day. * Emphasises the crucial part that science has played in the bigger picture of twentieth century history, from  Read more...

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