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The American Ideology Of National Science 1919-1930

Tobey, Ronald C.

ISBN 10: 082293227X / ISBN 13: 9780822932277
Published by University of Pittsburgh Press, 1971
Used Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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Title: The American Ideology Of National Science ...

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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Ronald C. Tobey provides a provocative analysis of the movement to establish a national science program in the early twentieth century. Led by several influential scientists, who had participated in centralized scientific enterprises during World War I, the new effort to conjoin science and society was an attempt to return to earlier progressive values with the hope of producing science for society's benefit. The movement was initially undermined by the new physics, and Einstein's theories of relativity, which shattered traditional views and alienated the American public. Nationalized research programs were tempered by the conservatism of corporate donors. Later, with the disintegration of progressivism, the gap between science and society made it impossible for the two cultures to unite.

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Ronald C. Tobey is professor of history at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of Saving the Prairies: The Life Cycle of the Founding School of American Plant Ecology, 1895-1955.

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