Cold War Science OpenCourseWare: A Free Graduate Study Course by MIT on Post-Cold War Science

Published Jan 13, 2009

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This seminar course, 'Cold War Science,' looks at the impact of the Cold War on science, primarily in the United States. The graduate-level course is presented as part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT's) Science, Technology and Society program. This course is intended for students interested in studying Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Political Science or a related field.

Cold War Science: Course Specifics

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Cold War Science: Course Description

MIT Professor David Kaiser's seminar course, 'Cold War Science,' examines how the Cold War affected the role of scientists, scientific institutions and the value we place on science in the post-war era. The extensive list of readings are centered around seven topics, including atomic diplomacy, McCarthyism, espionage and secrecy, big science, biology and medicine and RAND games. Students will learn how scientists began to take on political roles in postwar America, as well as the role of science in America today. Readings are drawn from a variety of books, journals and other scholarly sources. Each assigned reading will require students to critically examine both the content as well as the context of the piece. This graduate-level course is presented by the Department of Science, Technology and Society and is aimed at students who are interested in taking a historical and social science approach to the study of science and technology.

The OpenCourseWare includes a list of readings and bibliography. To learn more, visit the Cold War science course page.

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