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The Resource A short history of physics in the American century, David C. Cassidy

A short history of physics in the American century, David C. Cassidy

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A short history of physics in the American century
Title
A short history of physics in the American century
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David C. Cassidy
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Language
eng
Summary
  • As the twentieth century drew to a close, computers, the Internet, and nanotechnology were central to modern American life. Yet the advances in physics underlying these applications are poorly understood and widely underappreciated by U.S. citizens today. In this concise overview, David C. Cassidy sharpens our perspective on modern physics by viewing this foundational science through the lens of America's engagement with the political events of a tumultuous century. American physics first stirred in the 1890s--around the time x-rays and radioactivity were discovered in Germany--with the founding of graduate schools on the German model. Yet American research lagged behind the great European laboratories until highly effective domestic policies, together with the exodus of physicists from fascist countries, brought the nation into the first ranks of world research in the 1930s. The creation of the atomic bomb and radar during World War II ensured lavish government support for particle physics, along with computation, solid-state physics, and military communication. These advances facilitated space exploration and led to the global expansion of the Internet. Well into the 1960s, physicists bolstered the United States' international status, and the nation repaid the favor through massive outlays of federal, military, and philanthropic funding. But gradually America relinquished its postwar commitment to scientific leadership, and the nation found itself struggling to maintain a competitive edge in science education and research. Today, American physicists, relying primarily on industrial funding, must compete with smaller, scrappier nations intent on writing their own brief history of physics in the twenty-first century
  • As the twentieth century ended, computers, the Internet, and nanotechnology were central to modern American life. Yet the physical advances underlying these applications are poorly understood and underappreciated by U.S. citizens. In this overview, Cassidy views physics through America's engagement with the political events of a tumultuous century
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
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Cassidy, David C.
Dewey number
530.0973/0904
Index
index present
LC call number
QC9.U5
LC item number
C36 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
New histories of science, technology, and medicine
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  • Physics
  • Physicists
  • SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • Physicists
  • Physics
  • United States
Label
A short history of physics in the American century, David C. Cassidy
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Entering the new century -- American physics comes of age -- Surviving the depression -- The physicists war -- Taming the endless frontier -- The new physics -- Sputnik : action and reaction -- Revising the partnership
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758390009
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1 online resource (211 pages)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780674049369
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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22573/ctt2f3v6w
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remote
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(OCoLC)758390009
Label
A short history of physics in the American century, David C. Cassidy
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Entering the new century -- American physics comes of age -- Surviving the depression -- The physicists war -- Taming the endless frontier -- The new physics -- Sputnik : action and reaction -- Revising the partnership
Control code
758390009
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (211 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674049369
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt2f3v6w
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)758390009

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