Cold War, Hot Science: Applied Research in Britain's Defence Laboratories, 1945-1990

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Science Museum, 2002 - History - 426 pages
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This book presents an authoritative history of post-war British defence research as related to the establishments that, at the time of writing and first publication, formed part of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). DERA included such well-known centres as the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment at Malvern, and the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment at Porton Down. Collectively these have carried out a very high proportion of all the scientific research conducted in Britain since the Second World War. Study of these vast, but traditionally secretive, institutions is vital to understanding science in post-war Britain. In addition to research towards new weapons, the establishments have maintained high levels of policy-relevant expertise, providing advice to government and even carried out some manufacturing. Until now their contribution has been little understood. This is the first systematic treatment of their history, putting the applied science of the military sector in its technological, military and social context. Developments and areas of work have been selected for inclusion primarily on the basis

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Robert Bud is Head of Electronic Resources at the Science Museum, London. His work concentrates on the history of modern applied science.

Philip Gummett is Professor of Government and Technology Policy,
and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, at the University of Manchester.

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