Nuclear Reactions: Science and Trans-Science

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 18, 1992 - Science - 334 pages
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"Blurb & Contents" "Marvelous reading, with few problems of the interaction between science/technology and society left untouched. One need not always agree, but one cannot come away without a better education....I found the parts on scientific administration and on the interaction of science and society excellent and provocative reading, and the parts on energy and nuclear energy very much to the point." American Journal of Physics Alvin Weinberg explores through these collected essays the ever troublesome relationship between science, technology, and society. The title is taken from Weinberg's assertion that most of the issues arising at the intersection of science and society depend upon answers to questions that lie outside the power of science--issues that are trans-scientific. Weinberg, who during World War II helped develop the first nuclear reactors, has much to say on the current role of nuclear power and the possibilities for the future. Other topics include strategic defenses and arms control, the role of the science administrator, and the way in which time, energy, and resources are allocated to public problems. In this remarkable record of a half- century of public-oriented work, Weinberg lays the foundation for a philosophy of scientific administration parallel to the more established philosophy of science.
 

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Contents

SCIENCE AND TRANSSCIENCE
1
The Regulators Dilemma
21
Can Technology Replace Social Engineering?
39
SCIENTIFIC ADMINISTRATION
49
Unity as a Criterion of Scientific Choice
65
The Philosophy and Practice of Scientific Administration
77
Science Government and Information
85
STRATEGIC DEFENSE AND ARMS CONTROL
99
A Family of Maxwells Demons
177
Energy Policy and Mathematics
191
Energy in Retrospect
203
NUCLEAR ENERGY
217
Salvaging the Atomic Age
239
Burning the Rocks Forty Years Later
257
Nuclear Power and Public Perception
273
Engineering in an Age of Anxiety
291

Stabilizing Star Wars withJack N Barkenbus
109
Deterrence Defense and the Sanctification of Hiroshima
115
The Age of Substitutability with H E Goeller
143
Energy Wars
163
Nuclear Energy and the Greenhouse Effect
307
The First and Second Fifty Years of Nuclear Fission
321
Index
331
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