The Politics of Pure Science|
by Daniel S. Greenberg (Author), John Maddox (Introduction), Steve Shapin (Introduction)
Science Books & Films, March/April 2000
"[This book] was the first critical study of the post-World War II science
establishment and its increasingly complex relationship with the federal
government. . . . Those familiar with it will find it once again a compelling
analysis. New readers will be struck by how Greenberg's perspective has shaped
our current views. . . . [A] highly influential classic." --This text refers to
the Hardcover edition.
The Politics of Pure Science, a pioneering and controversial work, set a new
standard for the realistic examination of the place of science in American
politics and society. Dispelling the myth of scientific purity and detachment,
Daniel S. Greenberg documents in revealing detail the political processes that
underpinned government funding of science from the 1940s to the 1970s.
While the book's hard-hitting approach earned praise from a broad audience, it
drew harsh fire from many scientists, who did not relish their turn under the
microscope. The fact that this dispute is so reminiscent of today's acrimonious
"Science Wars" demonstrates that although science has changed a great deal since
The Politics of Pure Science first appeared, the politics of science has
not—which is why this book retains its importance.
For this new edition, John Maddox (Nature editor emeritus) and Steven Shapin
have provided introductory essays that situate the book in broad social and
historical context, and Greenberg has written a new afterword taking account of
recent developments in the politics of science.
"[A] book of consequence about science as one of the more consequential social
institutions in the modern world. It is one that could be understood and should
be read by the President, legislators, scientists and the rest of us ordinary
folk. . . . Informative and perceptive."—Robert K. Merton, New York Times Book Review
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Revised edition (August 1, 1999)