STS.436 Cold War Science, Spring 2004
Cold War Science
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This course examines the history and legacy of the Cold War on science, looking predominantly at examples in the United States. It begins by exploring scientists’ new political roles after World War II, ranging from elite policy-makers in the nuclear age to victims of domestic anti-Communism. The course next examines the changing institutions in which the physical, biological, and social sciences were conducted during the postwar decades, investigating the links between institutions and epistemology. The course closes by considering the place of science in the post-Cold-War era.
cold war, history of science, nuclear age, post-cold-war era, atomic bomb, nuclear weapons, atom bomb, hydrogen bomb, atomic energy, McCarthyism, espionage, anti-communism, soviet union, cold war america, american science