AUTHORKevles, Daniel J.
TITLEThe Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America
PUBLISHERHarvard University Press
CITYCambridge, MA
DATE PUBLISHED1987
ISBN0-674-66655-0


In addition to chronicling the history of the coming of age of physics in America, this book also explains how a scientific elite of physicists arose within a democracy society. The account portrays the physicists who became a powerful force as their work began to have an important impact on the world and its future. It links their exciting scientific achievements of a century (approximately 1870 to 1970) to the social, political, and cultural changes that occurred during that time. Author Daniel Kevles includes biographical sketches of many physicists, depicting their scientific contributions, research communities and institutions, and their impact on society. In some senses, this volume documents the rise of large scale science in the U.S.


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