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The Laser in America, 1950-1970

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The laser has proved one of the most protean devices of our century. A mere thirty years after its invention, it already serves us in uses as varied as surgical instruments, "smart" bombs, printers, audio devices, telephone communication, cloth cutting, machining, and chemical research. In this book Joan Lisa Bromberg brings a historian's broad perspective to bear on the formative years of laser research in the United States. She demonstrates that, as lasers have become a means to probe the structure and changes of the physical universe, so the history of laser research constitutes a probe with which we can penetrate the structure of American science and engineering.The laser's history has been as multifaceted as its applications. To the heterogeneity of the groups that developed it, and the sheer size of the cast, must be added the lengthy and bitter disputes that have been fought over priority and patents. Bromberg does not set out to decide who is "right"; instead she concentrates on placing the action in the context of the postwar military, commercial, and academic interests that defined it.Starting with the maser, an innovative device for generating pure radio signals of centimeter wavelength, Bromberg describes the conceptual leap that vaulted four orders of magnitude to the laser with its pure beams of visible light. She shows how the operation of the first successful laser sent the pace of research skyrocketing in a research boom driven by a complex combination of professional rewards and institutional pressures.The book concludes with an epilogue by three laser scientists - Arthur H. Guenther, Henry Kressel, and William Krupke - that brings the technical history up to the present.

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Describes the conceptual leap from the maser to the pure visible light beams of the laser, the resulting research frenzy driven by professional rewards and institutional pressure, and, in an epilogue, traces the technology to its present uses in copying, cloth cutting, and smart bombs.
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Synopsis:

In this book Joan Lisa Bromberg brings a historian's broad perspective to bear on the formative years of laser research in the United States.

Synopsis:

The laser has proved one of the most protean devices of our century. A mere thirty years after its invention, it already serves us in uses as varied as surgical instruments, smart bombs, printers, audio devices, telephone communication, cloth cutting, machining, and chemical research. In this book Joan Lisa Bromberg brings a historian's broad perspective to bear on the formative years of laser research in the United States. She demonstrates that, as lasers have become a means to probe the structure and changes of the physical universe, so the history of laser research constitutes a probe with which we can penetrate the structure of American science and engineering.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-298) and index.

About the Author

Joan Lisa Bromberg directed the Laser History Project from 1982 to 1989 and is author of Fusion: Science, Politics, and the Invention of a New Energy Source, a history of the federal fusion energy program.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262023184
Author:
Bromberg, Joan Lisa
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Lasers
Subject:
Lasers -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Lasers & Photonics
Subject:
Physics-Laser Technology
Series:
The Laser in America, 1950-1970
Series Volume:
no. 509
Publication Date:
19910424
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
326
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Reference » Science Reference » Philosophy of Science
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics » Laser Technology

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"Synopsis" by , In this book Joan Lisa Bromberg brings a historian's broad perspective to bear on the formative years of laser research in the United States.
"Synopsis" by , The laser has proved one of the most protean devices of our century. A mere thirty years after its invention, it already serves us in uses as varied as surgical instruments, smart bombs, printers, audio devices, telephone communication, cloth cutting, machining, and chemical research. In this book Joan Lisa Bromberg brings a historian's broad perspective to bear on the formative years of laser research in the United States. She demonstrates that, as lasers have become a means to probe the structure and changes of the physical universe, so the history of laser research constitutes a probe with which we can penetrate the structure of American science and engineering.
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