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How Knowledge MovesWriting the Transnational History of Science and Technology$
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John Krige

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226605852

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226606040.001.0001

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The Transnational Physical Science Study Committee

The Transnational Physical Science Study Committee

The Evolving Nation in the World of Science and Education (1945–1975)

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(p.308) Chapter Eleven The Transnational Physical Science Study Committee
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How Knowledge Moves
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Josep Simon

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226606040.003.0012

The Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC) was a major project that represents the rise of American science education as an influential international force during the Cold War. Its original conception responded to an agenda of nation building. For this reason, but also due to common historiographical practice, the PSSC has exclusively been studied in national perspective. In contrast, in this paper I focus on the international life of the PSSC. I consider how we can gain a fuller meaning of the PSSC by taking into account its different scales, including the local, national, regional, and international. I analyze the international agency of institutions such as the (US) National Science Foundation and UNESCO in the making of the PSSC worldwide and especially in Latin America. Finally, I examine the relevance of transnationalism for the PSSC by considering the role of actors such as the American (Mexican-born) Albert V. Baez (1912-2007) and the Israelite (German-born) Uri Haber-Schaim (1926-).

Keywords:   scales, transnationalism, science education, Cold War, UNESCO, United States, Latin America, PSSC, Physical Science Study Committee

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