The Resource Shaping biology : the National Science Foundation and American biological research, 1945-1975, Toby A. Appel

Shaping biology : the National Science Foundation and American biological research, 1945-1975, Toby A. Appel

Label
Shaping biology : the National Science Foundation and American biological research, 1945-1975
Title
Shaping biology
Title remainder
the National Science Foundation and American biological research, 1945-1975
Statement of responsibility
Toby A. Appel
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation Historians of the postwar transformation of science have focused largely on the physical sciences, especially the relation of science to the military funding agencies. In Shaping Biology, Toby A. Appel brings attention to the National Science Foundation and federal patronage of the biological sciences. Scientists by training, NSF biologists hoped in the 1950s that the new agency would become the federal government's chief patron for basic research in biology, the only agency to fund the entire range of biology & mdash;from molecules to natural history museums & mdash;for its own sake. Appel traces how this vision emerged and developed over the next two and a half decades, from the activities of NSF's Division of Biological and Medical Sciences, founded in 1952, through the cold war expansion of the 1950s and 1960s and the constraints of the Vietnam War era, to its reorganization out of existence in 1975. This history of NSF highlights fundamental tensions in science policy that remain relevant today: the pull between basic and applied science; funding individuals versus funding departments or institutions; elitism versus distributive policies of funding; issues of red tape and accountability. In this NSF-funded study, Appel explores how the agency developed, how it worked, and what difference it made in shaping modern biology in the United States. Based on formerly untapped archival sources as well as on interviews of participants, and building upon prior historical literature, Shaping Biology covers new ground and raises significant issues for further research on postwar biology and on federal funding of science in general
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
570/.7/2073
Index
index present
LC call number
QH319.A1
LC item number
A66 2000eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Shaping biology : the National Science Foundation and American biological research, 1945-1975, Toby A. Appel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-367) and index
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  • net
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
Control code
ocm51480820
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 393 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801873478
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b24640633
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)51480820
  • pebcs080186321X

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