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Globalizing Polar Science: Reconsidering the International Polar and Geophysical Years (Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology)
– November 23, 2010
The International Polar Years (IPY) and the International Geophysical Year (IGY) represented a remarkable international collaborative scientific effort that was focused on, but not limited to, understanding the poles. These efforts demonstrated the consistency of scientific goals and methods across political boundaries. At the same time, they increased both knowledge and international tensions. This collection of essays explores the various scientific expeditions of the IPYs and the IGY, bringing together contributions from a variety of specialists. They offer overviews of the scientific progress achieved in each case, as well as the political, economic, and military factors that influenced these undertakings. Collectively, they provide new insights into the professionalization of scientific disciplines, national styles of scientific investigation and collaboration, scientific patronage, and the emergence of the global geosciences.
“Provides an invaluable assessment of the evolution of worldwide research from the first IPY of 1882/83. Recommended.”—
About the Author
Roger D. Launius is senior curator in the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
James Rodger Fleming is Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Colby College, Maine. David H. DeVorkin is senior curator of astronomy and astrophysics in the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
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