Spring 2008

Science and Society in Modern America

Listed in: History, as HIST-68


John W. Servos (Section 01)


(US) A survey of the social, political, and institutional development of science in America from the Civil War to the present. Emphasis will be on explaining how the United States moved from the periphery to the center of international scientific life. Topics will include the professionalization of science; roles of scientists in industry, education, and government; ideologies of basic research; and the response of American scientists to the two world wars, the Depression, and the Cold War. Two class meetings per week. Second semester. Professor Servos.