Science in the Federal Government, revised edition
A History of Policies and Activities
Now returned to print with a new preface by the author. Science in the Federal Government remains one of the finest and most comprehensive surveys of the history of American science. A. Hunter Dupree traces the evolution of the relationship bewteen government and science, emphasizing the continuous debate over the form, implementation, even the desirability of national science policy.
From the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to the onset of World War II, Dupress shows, federal involvement in science centered on key national interests-geographical exploration and expansion, agriculture and conservation, medicine and public health, industry and the military. Dupree examines the roles and the impact of significant individuals and such institutions as the Smithsonian, the Geological Survey, the national Academy of Sciences, and the National institutes of Health. In an extensive new preface, he discusses developments through the 1980s, paying special attention to the expansion of government-university partnership in the warek of Sputnik.
About the Author
A. Hunter Dupree is George L. Littlefield Porfessor of History Emeritus at Brown University and research associate at the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University. He is also author of Asa Gray: 1810-1888 and the editor of several other works.
"The qualities that made Science in the Federal Government exemplary in 1957 still do so today. The book demonstrates that the history of science can be done as an integral part of political and social history, that the history of institutions need not be narrow and dull if it includes the human dimension of personalities and elites and social relationships. It succeeds admirably in treating technical aspects of science without letting them dominate the central organizational and human themes. Dupree's achievement has been and still is reassuring and inspiring."
"Quite simply a modern classic, one of the most cited and sought after books of the last fifty years.""
"For the general historian Dupree's book will in many ways be a revelation...The American genus takes on a new dimension as the history of one pervasive aspect of our national life-science in government-unfolds in the scholarly, well-documented, and reparkably readable narrative."
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