9780226306322

The Politics of Pure Science

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226306322

  • ISBN10:

    0226306321

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-08-01
  • Publisher: UNIV OF CHICAGO PRESS
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Summary

The Politics of Pure Science,a pioneering and controversial work, set a new standard for the realistic examination of the place of science in American politics and society. Dispelling the myth of scientific purity and detachment, Daniel S. Greenberg documents in revealing detail the political processes that underpinned government funding of science from the 1940s to the 1970s. While the book's hard-hitting approach earned praise from a broad audience, it drew harsh fire from many scientists, who did not relish their turn under the microscope. The fact that this dispute is so reminiscent of today's acrimonious "Science Wars" demonstrates that although science has changed a great deal sinceThe Politics of Pure Sciencefirst appeared, the politics of science has not--which is why this book retains its importance. For this new edition, John Maddox (Natureeditor emeritus) and Steven Shapin have provided introductory essays that situate the book in broad social and historical context, and Greenberg has written a new afterword taking account of recent developments in the politics of science. "[A] book of consequence about science as one of the more consequential social institutions in the modern world. It is one that could be understood and should be read by the President, legislators, scientists and the rest of us ordinary folk. . . . Informative and perceptive."--Robert K. Merton,New York Times Book Review

Table of Contents

Foreword to the 1999 Edition ix
Sir John Maddox
Foreword to the 1999 Edition xv
Steven Shapin
Acknowledgments and a Note on Sources xxiii
Introduction xxv
BOOK ONE
The Scientific Community
3(23)
Chauvinism, Xenophobia, and Evangelism
26(25)
BOOK TWO
When Science Was an Orphan
51(17)
The War-born Relationship
68(13)
The Experience of War
81(16)
Meshing the Incompatible
97(28)
The Reluctant Leaders
125(26)
BOOK THREE
The Government of Science
151(20)
Mohole: The Anatomy of a Fiasco
171(38)
High Energy Politics
209(37)
MURA's Last Stand
246(24)
The New Politics of Science
270(25)
Afterword 295(8)
Index 303

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