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Creating the Cold War University: The Transformation of Stanford Hardcover – July 1, 1997
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"The scholarship is superior; Lowen has been both imaginative and rigorous. She deals with a place limited in size but with problems that are not limited, and she is able to show the connections between the specific and the general."Sigmund Diamond, author of Compromised Campus
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"Lowen studies one particular case, carefully and with much new information, then suggests a general interpretation that is more penetrating than anything we have had before on the subject."--Spencer R. Weart, author of "Nuclear Fear
"The scholarship is superior; Lowen has been both imaginative and rigorous. She deals with a place limited in size but with problems that are not limited, and she is able to show the connections between the specific and the general."--Sigmund Diamond, author of "Compromised Campus
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Lowen explains that "by 1960, the federal government was spending close to $1B for academic research and university-affiliated research centers, 79 percent of which went to just twenty universities, including Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech, MIT, Harvard and the University of Michigan" (page147). In the Shanghai ranking, Harvard is #1, Stanford is #2, Berkeley is #3, MIT is #5, Caltech is #6 and Michigan #18 only.
Money definitely helps. I had however reacted against the argument as military money can not explain by itself the entrepreneurial spirit that Boston and Silicon Valley developed. Caltech and its JPL laboratory never reached the same start-up activity. But the quality of universities and their wealth is an extremely strong ingredient for successful technology clusters.