Science, People & Politics,Volume 2, 1.1.07, 01.15 gmt.
The International Geophysical Year of 1957 to 1958
An analysis of why both the executive and legislative branches of the US Government funded the IGY of 1957 to 1958
by Fae Korsmo (email@example.com)
National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia, USA
The mobilization of science in the national interest is not a new story. In recent history, the development of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons has shaped scientific careers, both before and during the Cold War1. Punctuating the Cold War, however, was a momentous cooperative scientific undertaking: the International Geophysical Year of 1957 - 1958. The IGY spanned national boundaries, built international scientific collaborations, and helped to create and popularize a new way of thinking about "Planet Earth" as a dynamic, interconnected system2.
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