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Cities of Knowledge by Margaret Pugh O'Mara

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Cold War Politics

BUILDING a city involves money, power, and the right location. In the case of the city of knowledge, these required elements flowed from an American Cold War scientific research and development (R&D) effort that created giant new streams of federal financing for academic and industrial science. While the United States had long valued science and technology for its important role in industrial production and contributions to intellectual life, the Cold War made science more important than ever before. It enlarged and refocused the definition of “science” to encompass activities that were now in the interest of national security as well as economic well-being: academic disciplines ranging from physics to chemistry to mathematics ...

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