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Science, Cold War and the American State

This book illuminates how Berkner became a model that produced the scientist/advisor/policymaker that helped build post-war America. It does so by providing a detailed account of the personal and professional beliefs of one of the most influential figures in the American scientific community; a figure that helped define the political and social climates that existed in the United States during the Cold War.
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Radio, aviation and the origins of a technocratic vision; Mr. Berkner to Washington; radio science and World War II; science and post-war defence - extending the partnership, 1945-49; extending the partnership - applying technocratic ideas outside of the military; scientists, Project Troy, and the direction of Cold War strategic planning; career choices and the Korean War panic of 1950; continental defense, secrecy, and the scientists's role in national security planning; stretching the coalistion - scientists and the distant early warning line; expanding federal support of private research - the case of radio astronomy; Berkner and the IGY; IGY satellites and the launch of Sputnik; horizons and limits.


"Carefully written and thoroughly researched, Needell's fine study adds a new dimension to our understanding of the relations between science, policy, and the state. Highly recommended.--R.E. Bilstein, emeritus, University of Houston."

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