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Science and Spectacle: The Work of Jodrell Bank in Postwar British Culture / Edition 1

Science and Spectacle: The Work of Jodrell Bank in Postwar British Culture / Edition 1

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Science and Spectacle relates the construction of the telescope to the politics and culture of post-war Britain. From radar and atomic weapons, to the Festival of Britain and, later, Harold Wilson's rhetoric of scientific revolution, science formed a cultural resource from which post-war careers and a national identity could be built. The Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope was once a symbol of British science and a much needed prestigious project for the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, but it also raised questions regarding the proper role of universities as sites for scientific research.

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ISBN-13: 9789057022586
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/01/1998
Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine Series , #5
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Science in Postwar Britain
Funding the Spectacle of Science
'A Great Public Spectacle': Prestige, Position and Power at Jodrell Bank
Clearing the Air (Waves): Interference and Frequency Allocation for Radio Astronomy
Clearing the Ground: Bodily Control, the Radio Telescope and the Environment

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