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Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture

David Kaiser and W. Patrick McCray


Outspoken commentators in the 1960s and 1970s fretted that American youth culture — especially “hippies” and the counterculture — turned its back on science and technology while chasing New Age enthusiasms. As this volume shows, that critique was misplaced. Many people who self-identified with the American counterculture rejected hulking, militarized projects — Cold War missiles and mainframes — rather than science and technology per se. Instead, they sought a new kind of “groovy science”: small-scale and big-picture, sometimes with hidden links to Cold War projects but championed by charismat ... More

Keywords: counterculture, groovy, Cold War, science, technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226372884
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226373072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Kaiser, editor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

W. Patrick McCray, editor
University of California

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