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The Physicists

The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America, Revised Edition

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$33.00 • £23.95 • €29.50

ISBN 9780674666566

Publication: March 1995

Academic Trade

537 pages


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One of the most interesting, readable, well-researched, and informative books yet addressed to the institutional history of science in America.—David Hollinger, The Chronicle of Higher Education

[An] uncommonly good book.—John Leonard, The New York Times

A colorful, thoughtful and accessible survey.The Los Angeles Times Book Review

A well-documented, beautifully written study of the scientific work of American physicists and of the intellectual and political milieu in which all the sciences—especially the physical sciences in the United States—subsisted in the 150-year period from 1830 to 1980… An outstanding example of dedicated scholarship that readers of many different backgrounds and interests will find both authoritative and fascinating.—Joseph F. Mulligan, Science Book and Films

Awards & Accolades

  • Finalist, 1980 National Book Award, History Paperback Category, National Book Foundation
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