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The Royal Society and the Promotion of Science since 1960 - pr_1729491

The Royal Society and the Promotion of Science since 1960

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The Royal Society is one of the world's oldest and most prestigious scientific bodies, but what has it done in recent decades? Increasingly marginalised by postwar developments and the reforms of civil science in the 1960s, the Society was at risk of resting on its laurels. Instead, it found ways of exploiting its unique networks of scientific talent to promote science. Creating opportunities for outstanding individuals to establish and advance research careers, influencing policymaking at national and international levels, and engaging with the public outside the world of professional science, the Society gave fresh expression to the values that had shaped its long history. Through unparalleled access to the Society's modern archives and other archival sources, interviews with key individuals and extensive inside knowledge, Peter Collins shows how the Society addressed the challenges posed by the astounding growth of science and by escalating interactions between science and daily life.

Product code: 9781107029262

ISBN 9781107029262
The first synoptic history of the postwar Royal Society, one of the most prestigious and influential bodies in the history of science. Drawing on inside knowledge, as well as extensive archival sources and interviews, Peter Collins shows how the Society addressed the challenges of continued relevance from 1960 onwards.