The Secret History of Science's Postwar EliteBook - 2006
A provocative inside look at the elite scientists who have worked behind the scenes to influence American science and policy for half a century They call themselves Jason. Their group is a child of the Manhattan Project by way of the cold war, and they count among their ranks scientific stars like Freeman Dyson and Murray Gell- Mann, and among their mentors Edward Teller and Hans Bethe. Theyve inherited a mission from the Manhattan Projectto counsel the government on the military uses of pure scienceand have gathered every summer since 1960 to solve highly classified problems for the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. Aside from a brief media firestorm during the Vietnam War, theyve worked in utter secrecy with unparalleled freedom.Fiercely patriotic and stubbornly independent, the Jasons have been directly responsible for breakthroughs ranging from the electronic battlefield to the Star Wars missile defense technologies to the national system for predicting global climate. But their mission to keep a vigil over applied science has led them into both moral dilemmas and political stews. In this spellbinding and meticulously researched history, science writer Ann Finkbeiner reveals the critical scientific advancesand the unintended consequencesof the Jasons shadowy work as well as the fascinating personalities of the Jasons themselves.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2006
Branch Call Number: 509.22 Finkbein
Characteristics: xxx, 304 p. ; 22 cm