Research and Relevant Knowledge

Research and Relevant Knowledge : American Research Universities Since World War II

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With this book, Roger L. Geiger completes a two-volume study of American research universities in the twentieth century. The first volume, To Advance Knowledge, focused on those few institutions that first embodied academic research and their interaction with private supporters. This book describes how the federal government first relied on university scientists during World War II, and how the resulting relationship set the pattern for the postwar mushrooming of academic research. Although the vicissitudes of federal-university relations are one crucial element of this history, the focus is on the universities themselves, their internal aspirations to conduct research, and their adaptations to external constraints and opportunities. Detailed cases are offered of individual institutions during critical periods--MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, in the postwar era; Stanford and UCLA in the go-go years after Sputnik; and Georgia Tech and the University of Arizona during the difficult 1970s. This book treats the many facets of research universities that impinge on their research role, including the student rebellion of the 1960s. The final chapter addresses factors underlying the embattled status of research universities in the 1990s.show more

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  • Hardback | 428 pages
  • 160 x 234.2 x 36.1mm | 861.84g
  • OXFORD UNIV PR
  • Oxford University Press
  • English
  • 019505346X
  • 9780195053463

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"Research and Relevant Knowledge is a splendid achievement. The research is thorough, the material is well organized and clearly presented, the book is packed with valuable information, and the author's judgments are almost invariably solid....Since research universities have become paradigmatic for higher education, this book should be read by every member of the academic profession as well as those who make public policy in the United States."--Academe "Research and Relevant Knowledge, with its several perspectives, its selected details, and its quite successful comprehensiveness on a subject of great complexity and variety, will be of interest both to those of us who have lived through most of the developments and to our younger colleagues, who will learn from it that their world could have been different."--Science "This fine study thoroughly chronicles the history of American research universities since World War II. Roger Geiger marshals abundant evidence and moves easily from general statements to key case studies to tell a subtle and complex story....Geiger's frequently illuminating and always scholarly work will be highly useful to anyone who thinks seriously about the past, present, or future of research universities."--Teachers College Record .,."[A] superbly written interpretive history...The best available scholarship on the twentieth-century American research university and must be consulted by all library historians who are engaged in any work encompassing these years."--Libraries and Culture "Will be a principal reference for many years."--Choiceshow more

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With this book, Roger L. Geiger completes a two-volume study of American research universities in the twentieth century. The first volume, To Advance Knowledge, focused on those few institutions that first embodied academic research and their interaction with private supporters. This book describes how the federal government relied on university scientists during World War II and how the resulting relationship set the pattern for the postwar mushrooming of academic research. Although the vicissitudes of federal-university relations are one crucial element of this history, the focus is on the universities themselves, their internal aspirations to conduct research, and their adaptations to external constraints and opportunities. Detailed cases are offered of individual institutions during critical periods - MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, in the postwar era; Stanford and UCLA in the go-go years after Sputnik; and Georgia Tech and the University of Arizona during the difficult 1970s. This book treats the many facets of research universities that impinge on their research role, including the student rebellion of the 1960s. The final chapter addresses factors underlying the embattled status of research universities in the 1990s.show more

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