Hughes develops his thesis in interesting fashion. His essay is free of technical jargon but will be most accessible to readers familiar with the bomb's history and with huge, expansive installations such as CERN or Fermilab. Booklist Engrossing and information-packed. -- Marjorie C. Malley ISIS 9/1/06From the Publisher:
In the twentieth century, almost every aspect of science changed: it spread from insular universities to government, industry, and the military; new disciplines emerged, the boundaries between old ones blurred; and a dizzying array of new products and processes changed people's lives. But perhaps the greatest change was science's growth in scale, scope, and cost, as it was transformed from an activity in which small groups or individuals conducted experiments into "Big Science" -- a large-scale enterprise that is carried out by multidisciplinary and multinational groups of researchers, costs enormous sums, demands massive institutions of its own, and often represents a significant fraction of national budgets. These changes have often been ascribed to the Manhattan Project, the allies'project during the Second World War to build the atomic bomb. Established at Los Alamos and several other sites, the Manhattan Project brought together American, British, Canadian, and refugee European scientists to design and build the bombs that ultimately destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. At its height, the project was equivalent in size to the entire American automobile industry, employing 130,000 people and costing a total of $2 billion. Its outcome conferred new prestige to science and scientists, and it is widely deemed responsible for the massive growth and militarization of postwar science. But the Manhattan Project did not represent a radical break in the development of twentieth-century science. According to Jeff Hughes, it accelerated developments already underway. Drawing on recent scholarship, Hughes offers a lively reinterpretation of these epic events and considers the dramatic role the military and industry played in shaping not just the Manhattan Project, but the whole of twentieth-century science.
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Descripción Columbia University Press, 2003. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: Big Science and the Bomb Long Before the Bomb: The Origins of Big Science Science, the Military and Industry: The Great War and After From Fission to Mission: The Origins of the Manhattan Project Los Alamos: Little Science on a Big Scale? Thin Man Becomes Fat Man: The Plutonium Implosion Programme From Trinity to Victory: Making and Using the First Nuclear Weapons After the Bomb: Big Science and National Security From Big Science to Megascience: The Age of the Accelerators The Invention of 'Big Science': Large-Scale Science as Pathological Science Death in Texas: The End of Megascience? Conclusions: The Myths of Big Science Further Reading. Nº de ref. de la librería ABE_book_new_0231131526
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