Few engineers have had as great of an impact as the researcher, innovator, and administrator, Vannevar Bush. During World War II, Bush oversaw the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD) and contributed greatly to the burgeoning field of analog computers, among many other accomplishments. In this monograph, which Bush composed shortly after the end of World War II, he made the case for the essential and progressive improvement of society through the funding of science. Written in three parts, the work first introduces the concept of scientific progress and the government's role in that progress. In Part Two, he outlines the role of science in times of war and times of peace, including an approach to specific problems. Finally, he dedicates Part Three to how science can directly improve the welfare of the public. Fascinating for its view into the workings of a great mind, as well as for its expression of a particular historical moment, Science: The Endless Frontier is an excellent read for anyone interested in the history of science in America.
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