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Science International
A History of the International Council of Scientific Unions

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521028103

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  • Science International is the first history of a worldwide organization of scientists, now involving thousands of participants, which was started a century ago when a few visionaries founded the International Association of Academies (1899-1919). This was succeeded by an International Research Council, which, in 1932, became the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU). This history describes how national academies and international unions of scientists from specific disciplines learned to work together, and shows that from these alliances sprang great cooperative projects such as the International Geophysical Year and the International Biological Programme, as well as the creation of a global scientific organization directed to the study of the entire planet and prospects for the human race.

    • Shows how science changed in the twentieth century from an individual pursuit to a global enterprise
    • Unique summary of the social and political organization of science on a world basis
    • Provides an overview for understanding the progress of science in the twentieth century
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Greenaway's book is a labour of love and will certainly be an eye-opener to any scientist who reads it closely. It portrays an organization which is itself a labour of love, created and nurtured by selfless well-wishers of the world's scientific enterprise. It is excellent value for money, and I commend it without reserve.' Robert Cahn, European Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521028103
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 169 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.479kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. International Association of Academies (1899–1914)
    2. International Research Council (1919–1931)
    3. ICSU: beginning and establishment
    4. ICSU development (1931–1939)
    5. ICSU in wartime
    6. A new beginning (1945)
    7. ICSU in a post-war world
    8. The free conduct of science
    9. Living machinery: officers and staff
    10. Growth: within science and outwards
    11. ICSU at mid-century
    12. The International Geophysical Year and its heritage
    13. Data and scientific information
    14. World projects and the environment
    15. ICSU and UNESCO
    16. Membership
    17. Ringberg (1985) to Visegrad (1990): self-examination
    18. The road to Rio and beyond
    19. ICSU at the end of a century
    Further reading

  • Author

    Frank Greenaway, Science Museum, London

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