AUTHORKuznick, Peter J.
TITLEBeyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s America
PUBLISHERUniversity of Chicago Press
CITYChicago, IL
DATE PUBLISHED1987
ISBN0-226-46583-7


This book analyzes the shift in the scientific community’s ethics during the 1930s when many American scientists became socially and politically active. It claims that science is not impermeable to politics and an “international renaissance of scientific humanism” (Introduction) did not occur. The social and political implications of scientific research and development are discussed. For example, the author states that parts of the scientific community were involved in reform movements, and their political ideologies allowed them to disregard their ethical standards and develop the atomic bomb. The book cites the Cold War as the period when ideologies of scientists and the military merged and affected one another. It also addresses the Soviet influence on the scientific community.


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