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1 The US Military and Postwar Science 1. From hot to cold war: the military needs science 2. Scientific individualism, scientific community, and the founding of the NSF 3. Issues of public science: purposes, patents, politics, society. 4. The Cold War and social science: the theory of (deadly) games. 1. From hot to cold war: the military needs science The role of science in the war, and especially the way the war ended, confirmed the importance of research for national defense. Oppenheimer and Groves redivivus: civilian vs. military control. Military science Much postwar research was performed by the military, at sites like Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore. Research on the hydrogen bomb and on delivery systems was highly classified. Soviet successes (H-bomb, Sputnik) made weapons research seem all the more urgent. (Technical science seemed not to require freedom). Edward Teller, 1908-2003 Atoms for War and Peace A postwar movement of atomic physicists sought to internationalize scientific knowledge related to fission and to put atomic weapons under international control. The US and USSR reached no agreement. Debates on the US Atomic Energy Commission: should it be run by experts or under political control? What role for the military? It was set up in 1947 as a civilian agency, but it sponsored much military research. Oppenheimer and the
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2011 for the course HIST 3C taught by Professor Porter during the Fall '07 term at UCLA.

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