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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • STS.436 (Spring 2004) 
  • Course Title:
  • Cold War Science 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Science, Technology, and Society 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. David Kaiser 
  • Course Introduction:

  • STS.436 Cold War Science

    Spring 2004

    Course Highlights

    This course includes an extensive bibliography section.

    Course Description

    The history and legacy of the Cold War on science is examined in a seminar setting for this course, looking predominantly at examples in the United States. Topics range from exploring scientists' new political roles after World War II as elite policy-makers in the nuclear age to their victimization by domestic anti-Communism. The course next examines the changing institutions in which the physical, biological, and social sciences were conducted during the postwar decades, investigating the links between institutions and epistemology. The course closes by considering the place of science in the post-Cold-War era.

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