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Scientists at War

The Ethics of Cold War Weapons Research

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$49.50 • £39.95 • €44.50

ISBN 9780674736825

Publication Date: 04/06/2015


368 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


  • Abbreviations Used in Text
  • Prologue: The Conscience of a Physicist
  • 1. The Sputnik Opportunity
  • 2. The Moral Case for a Test Ban
  • 3. The Science of Nonnuclear War
  • 4. Into the Ethical Hot Pot
  • 5. Disaster and Disillusionment in Vietnam
  • 6. Institutional Reckonings at MIT
  • 7. The New Left Assault on Neutrality
  • 8. Collapse of the Sputnik Order
  • 9. A United Front against Star Wars
  • Epilogue: Science and Ethics after the Cold War
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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