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Drawing on interviews with, among others, the legendary spy chief Markus Wolf and members of the East German Politburo, this text examines the role of science and technology in the former German Democratic Republic. The result is a multi-layered analysis of the scientific enterprise. The book is organized around general policy issues, institutions, disciplines, and biographies. The contributors take the reader on a journey from the view of science policymakers, to the construction of "socialist" insitutions for science, to the role of espionage in technology transfer, to the social and political context of the chemical industry, engineers, nuclear power, biology, computers, and finally the career trajectories of scientists through the vicissitudes of 20th-century German history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674794771
ISBN-10: 067479477X
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x 36mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 14-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kristie Macrakis

Kristie Macrakis is Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University. Dieter Hoffmann is a research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.

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