Physicists The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America

ISBN-10: 0674666569
ISBN-13: 9780674666566
Edition: 2nd 1987 (Revised)
Authors: Daniel J. Kevles
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/3/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 554
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

This magnificent account of the coming of age of physics in America has been heralded as the best introduction to the history of science in the United States. Unsurpassed in its breadth and literary style, Kevles's account portrays the brilliant scientists who became a powerful force in bringing the world into a revolutionary new era. The book ranges widely as it links these exciting developments to the social, cultural, and political changes that occurred from the post-Civil War years to the present. Throughout, Kevles keeps his eye on the central question of how an avowedly elitist enterprise grew and prospered in a democratic culture. In this new edition, the author has brought the story up to date by providing an extensive, authoritative, and colorful account of the Superconducting Super Collider, from its origins in the international competition and intellectual needs of high-energy particle physics, through its establishment as a multibillion-dollar project, to its termination, in 1993, as a result of angry opposition within the American physics community and the Congress.

Preface, 1995
Preface to the First Edition
The Many Wants of Science
Ennobling and Purifying the Mind
The Flaws of American Physics
Pure Science and Practical Politics
Research and Reform
Joining the Revolution
A Need for New Patrons
"War Should Mean Research"
The War Work of the Physicists
Cold War in Science
The Impact of Quantum Mechanics
Popularization and Conservatism
Making the Peaks Higher
A New Center of Physics
Miraculous Year
Revolt Against Science
The New Deal and Research
Recovery in Physics
Organizing for Defense
A Physicists' War
The Bomb and Postwar Research Policy
Victory for Elitism
The Physicists Established
New Revolt Against Science
A Degree of Disestablishment
Glossary of Manuscript Citations
Acknowledgments
Essay on Sources
Index

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