Scientists, the National Security State, and Nuclear Weapons in Cold War America
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
Redefining Science shows that the government achieved its Cold War "consensus" only by active opposition to powerful dissenters and helps explain the current and uneasy relationship between scientists, the public, and government in debates over issues such as security, energy, and climate change.
"Through a series of well-chosen case studies, Rubinson puts a very human face on the scientists who shaped debates over the very nature of humanity in the nuclear age."—Edwin A. Martini, author of Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty
"Rubinson offers an illuminating depiction of the efforts of scientists to influence the potentially existential debates surrounding the development and use of nuclear weapons. In so doing, he insightfully analyzes the ways the national security state either co-opts, marginalizes, or discredits scientists who are potential critics of the government's use of science and technology to pursue global hegemony."—Peter Kuznick, author of Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s America
"The case it makes is compelling. Redefining Science will be of considerable interest to historians of twentieth-century science, as well as to those with more specialized interests in policy history."—Isis: A Journal of the History of Science
"Redefining Science prompts readers to ponder important questions about the risks of ideological conformity and the many factors affecting perceptions of scientific credibility."—Journal of American History