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ISBN: 0405125348
Author: United States Office of Scientific Research and Development,Vannevar Bush
Language: English
Publisher: Ayer Co Pub (June 1, 1980)
Pages: 220
Category: Professionals & Academics
Subcategory: Biography
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science - the endless frontier

New frontiers of the mind are before us, and if they are pioneered with the same vision, boldness, and drive with which we have waged this war we can create a fuller and more fruitful employment and a fuller and more fruitful life. - FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT November 17, 1944. Clearly much illness remains for which adequate means of prevention and cure are not yet known.

Science, The Endless Frontier book. Science the Endless Frontier (Three Centuries of Science in America). 0405125348 (ISBN13: 9780405125348).

In short, this book by Bush shows both the enormous potential influence of ideas on society - but also the dangers of hubris

Only 20 left in stock (more on the way). In short, this book by Bush shows both the enormous potential influence of ideas on society - but also the dangers of hubris.

Washington, National Science Foundation. biodiversity; MBLWHOI; blc; americana.

Science, the endless frontier by United States. Science, the endless frontier. Published 1960 by National Science Foundation in Washington.

The historiography on American science and technology in the 1970s is still small, yet there are .

The primary thesis states that the guiding ideology of the GERA at that time was bound to a concept of future primarily nourished by the idealist tradition.

Yes, I know it is a reprint and it is advertised as such, but stating that in front of the book does not absolve the publisher or printer from doing due diligence.

Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century.

Boston: Little, Brown, 1948. Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century. New York: Free Press, 1997.

Comments:

Jorad
This book is on a list of most influencial Higher Educational books. It is an interesting read, at least it was for a required book, but it stands out as being too outdated to appreciate. It is a proposal for a new scientific foundation in the united states after WWII. One of the requests for students recieveing funds is "persons who receive benefits under the plan should be selected solely on the basis of merit, without regard to sex, race, color, or creed." That and, "such ravaging diseases as yellow fever, dysentery, typhus, tetanus, pneumonia, and meningitis have been all but conquered by penicillin." You will gain a better grasp of historical change over the years from the concept of war to the benefits of supporting education. Overall, you will not leave with a new insight for science or higher education as you will for a better understanding of past cultural mentalities.
NI_Rak
I found this a very interesting book because it gave me an insight into the establishment of the NSF (in the USA). Having worked at the NRF in South Africa, it was great to see the parallels. The book also gives one an insight into the original of research management just after world war two. I would recommend this book to all people who work for funding agencies of one or another type.
Anararius
Vannevar Bush, an "engineer's engineer" and early pioneer in computer development, was President Roosevelt's science advisor during World War II. He served brilliantly in that task, and among other activities set up the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb. Asked by President Roosevelt to prepare a plan for the postwar deployment of science for peace (some say he "engineered" that request from Roosevelt) he published (after Roosevelt's death) Science: The Endless Frontier. In this book he advocated for a National Science Foundation and a program for funding of basic research in leading U.S. universities. A well-known and respected figure, Bush (no relation to the presidential Bush family) Bush politicked vigorously and eventually gained a watered-down version of the National Science Foundation. His curious insistence that research support avoid applied science or practical ends became firmly established, however.

The new science paradigm (which I describe in a book to be published this year by the Springer Co) contributed to a huge boom in U.S. academic research departments. An unanticipated result was the massive proliferation of disciplinary research and publication (the "publish or perish syndrome"), which might use real problems of society as a subject of inquiry, but which became largely circulated within academic "invisible colleges". Bush himself became disillusioned with the results of his initiatives by the 1960s.

Since then the main Bush thesis, that basic research will spur technical innovation and have other valuable benefits for society has been countered by events and many studies but still has strong influence on U.S. academic and Congressional funding policies. Its worst effect, the placing of a stigma on applied research and development is gradually being changed, but has had serious indirect effects in causing some of the nation's best talent to become locked in the ivory tower.

In short, this book by Bush shows both the enormous potential influence of ideas on society - but also the dangers of hubris. Zachary points out that there was already plenty of evidence in the 1940s that the "basic research leads to applications" linear thesis was wrong. In fact,19th Century German science - which created whole new subfields of chemistry in the course of searching for new synthetic pharmaceutical products, dyes, and useful inorganic compounds, had shown that the opposite to the linear basic research concept was more valid. Bush's influence imposed an unwise policy on the nation.
I'm a Russian Occupant
I have no comment on the quality, but if you can live without paper or the Kindle version, you can get the text here: [...] US taxpayers, you already own this work.

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