The Politics of Seismology

@article{Barth2003ThePO,
  title={The Politics of Seismology},
  author={K. Barth},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  year={2003},
  volume={33},
  pages={743 - 781}
}
  • K. Barth
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • Social Studies of Science
The present paper analyzes the transformation of seismology from a small academic discipline to a large academic-military-industrial enterprise during the 1960s. In the late 1950s scientists, diplomats, and policy-makers recognized that improved seismological knowledge was crucial for the detection and identification of Soviet underground nuclear-weapon tests. Consequently, the Eisenhower administration initiated a comprehensive research and development program in seismology, known as Project… Expand
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