Leonardo to the Internet:
Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present
Thomas J. Misa
Chapter 7. Means of Destruction (1936-90)
How was the timing and character of World War II
(1939-45) shaped by technical innovation?
Which innovations did the Germans achieve? Which ...
the Americans and allies?
There are three accounts of why two atom bombs
were dropped on Japan in August 1945: EVALUATE
Truman's, PMS Blackett's, and Misa's. (What is the
evidence for each account?)
How did the U.S. civilian nuclear energy program
reflect -- in technical details, bureaucratic
structure, and organizational culture -- its origin in
military uses for atomic energy? What are the
"legacies" of the atomic age?
Why did Bell Labs fund work on the
transistor? Why did the military fund
work on the transistor? How did Cold War
military projects influence transistor development at
Bell (and elsewhere)?
How did military priorities and civilian priorities steer the development of electronics?
Explain the impact of the massive Whirlwind-SAGE project on MIT, IBM, and computing.
Discuss the impact of the Defense Department's ARPA-IPTO
ASSESS the role of military funding in solid-state
electronics and computing technology. Did
military funding make a difference (in the pace of
development and/or types of technologies chosen)?
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