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Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine


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Studies in the History of Science Technology and Medicine aims to stimulate research in the field, concentrating on the twentieth century. It seeks to contribute to our understanding of science, technology and medicine as they are embedded in society, exploring the links between the subjects on the one hand, and the cultural, economic, political and institutional contexts of their genesis and development on the other. Within this framework, and while not favouring any particular methodological approach, the series welcomes studies which examine relations between science, technology, medicine and society in new ways, e.g. the social construction of technologies, large technical systems.

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Reconsidering Sputnik Forty Years Since the Soviet Satellite

Reconsidering Sputnik: Forty Years Since the Soviet Satellite

1st Edition

Edited By Roger D. Lanius, John M. Logsdon, Robert W. Smith
December 22, 2014

This book explores Russia's stunning success of ushering in the space age by launching Sputnik and beating the United States into space. It also examines the formation of NASA, the race for human exploration of the moon, the reality of global satellite communications, and a new generation of ...

Planning Armageddon Britain, the United States and the Command of Western Nuclear Forces, 1945-1964

Planning Armageddon: Britain, the United States and the Command of Western Nuclear Forces, 1945-1964

1st Edition

By Len Scott, Dr Stephen Robert Twigge, Stephen Twigge
November 10, 2014

Planning Armageddon provides the first detailed account of Britain's Command, Control, Intelligence and Communications infrastructure. A central theme of the book is the British-American atomic relationship and its implications for NATO strategy. Based on the recollections of officials and military...

Instruments, Travel and Science Itineraries of Precision from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century

Instruments, Travel and Science: Itineraries of Precision from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Edited By Marie Noëlle Bourguet, Christian Licoppe, H. Otto Sibum
August 12, 2014

We are now accustomed to conceive of science as an instrumental activity, producing numbers, measurements and graphs by means of sophisticated devices. This book investigates the historical process that gave rise to this instrumental culture. The contributors trace the displacement of instruments ...

Science and Spectacle The Work of Jodrell Bank in Postwar British Culture

Science and Spectacle: The Work of Jodrell Bank in Postwar British Culture

1st Edition

By John Agar
August 01, 1998

Science and Spectacle relates the construction of the telescope to the politics and culture of post-war Britain. From radar and atomic weapons, to the Festival of Britain and, later, Harold Wilson's rhetoric of scientific revolution, science formed a cultural resource from which post-war careers ...

Changing Images in Mathematics From the French Revolution to the New Millennium

Changing Images in Mathematics: From the French Revolution to the New Millennium

1st Edition

Edited By Umberto Bottazini, Amy Dahan Dalmedico
October 23, 2013

This book focuses on some of the major developments in the history of contemporary (19th and 20th century) mathematics as seen in the broader context of the development of science and culture. Avoiding technicalities, it displays the breadth of contrasting images of mathematics favoured by ...

The Analogue Alternative The Electronic Analogue Computer in Britain and the USA, 1930-1975

The Analogue Alternative: The Electronic Analogue Computer in Britain and the USA, 1930-1975

1st Edition

By James S. Small
October 23, 2013

We are in the midst of a digital revolution - until recently, the majority of appliances used in everyday life have been developed with analogue technology. Now, either at home or out and about, we are surrounded by digital technology such as digital "film," audio systems, computers and ...

Science and Ideology A Comparative History

Science and Ideology: A Comparative History

1st Edition

By Mark Walker
October 28, 2002

Does science work best in a democracy? Were 'Soviet' or 'Nazi' science fundamentally different from science in the USA? These questions have been passionately debated in the recent past. Particular developments in science took place under particular political regimes, but they may or may not have ...

Entomology, Ecology and Agriculture The Making of Science Careers in North America, 1885-1985

Entomology, Ecology and Agriculture: The Making of Science Careers in North America, 1885-1985

1st Edition

By Paolo Palladino
September 01, 1996

This study is facilitated by following economic entomologists' and ecologists' changing ideas about different pest control strategies, chiefly 'chemical', 'biological', and 'integrated' control. The author then follows the efforts of one specific group of entomologists, at the University of ...

Technology Transfer out of Germany after 1945

Technology Transfer out of Germany after 1945

1st Edition

By Burghard Ciesla, Matthias Judt
May 13, 2013

Technology Transfer Out of Germany studies the movement of technology and scientists between East Germany and the Soviet Union, and West Germany and the Western Allies, using documented examples and case studies, and asks whether the confiscation of documents, equipment and scientists can really be...

Science, Cold War and the American State

Science, Cold War and the American State

1st Edition

By Allan A. Needell
November 01, 2000

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 ...

The Historiography of Contemporary Science and Technology

The Historiography of Contemporary Science and Technology

1st Edition

Edited By Thomas Söderquist
July 01, 1997

More than ninety percent of all scientific history has been made during the last half century. So far, however, only a fraction of historical scholarship has dealt with this period. Merely a decade ago, most scientific historians considered recent science - the scientific culture created, lived and...

Heredity and Infection The History of Disease Transmission

Heredity and Infection: The History of Disease Transmission

1st Edition

Edited By Jean-Paul Gaudilliére, Ilana Löwy
October 26, 2001

Ideas about the transmission of disease have long formed the core of modern biology and medicine. Heredity and Infection examines their development over the last century. Two scientific revolutions - the bacteriological revolution of the 1890s and the genetic revolution at the start of the ...

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