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How Reason Almost Lost Its Mind: The Strange Career of Cold War Rationality

Paul Erickson, Judy L. Klein, Lorraine Daston, Rebecca Lemov, Thomas Sturm, and Michael D. Gordin


The Cold War provoked an intense debate about the nature of rationality among human scientists in the United States. Confronted with a world that seemed to be teetering on the brink of thermonuclear destruction, economists, political scientists, psychologists, anthropologists, military strategists, mathematicians, and computer scientists sought ever more reliable rational safeguards to tame the arsenals of bombs and missiles ordered by the politicians, built by the physicists and engineers, and tended by the generals. Spanning the fields of operations research, game theory, microeconomics, nuc ... More

Keywords: Cold War, rationality, human sciences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226046631
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226046778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Erickson, author

Judy L. Klein, author

Lorraine Daston, author