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Jared Hartzman Professor Reppy Science in the American Polity 2/4/09 Short Assignment 2 Doel’s central argument in his article, “The Military’s Influence on the Environmental Sciences in America after 1945,” is that federal funding and military patronage determined what questions scientific researchers sought to answer. And it is because of this, that our researchers were “limited [in] their interactions with colleagues in the biological realms of environmental sciences research” (Doel, 635). In Doel’s essay, he mentions the assimilation of science into our nation’s highest levels of national security and foreign policy planning. This is true in regards to oceanography, atmospheric science, terrestrial magnetism, solid earth physics, ionospheric studies, and especially nuclear research and development. Kelves discusses in his essay, “New Revolt Against Science,” that “By the early 1970s many observers were wondering whether non-nuclear nations might go nuclear in a different
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Unformatted text preview: way by diverting fuel from power plants into the production of atomic weapons” (Kelves, 399). Doel’s argument does apply to the field of physics as described in the Kelves reading, as illustrated by Kelve’s mentioning that even though the United States signed the test ban treaty, the Atomic Energy Commission still received a large enough budget to keep producing enough nuclear weapons to destroy the major cities of the world more than a hundred times over. In respect to professors at universities, government funding for the environmental sciences has led to more time being spent on research projects and less face time with undergraduate students, hindering the learning process. This is a perfect example of Doel’s central argument that researchers will be limited in their research and interactions with colleagues due to federal funding and military patronage....
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