Sputnik, Scientists and Eisenhower: A Memoir of the First Special Assistant to the President for Science and Technology

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Sputnik, Scientists and Eisenhower: A Memoir of the First Special Assistant to the President for Science and Technology

By James R. Killian, Jr.
MIT Press, 1977
305 pp. $14.95
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Writing from his own experience, Dr. Killian discourses with authority on the establishment, operation and major issues faced by President Eisenhower's Science Advisory Committee. While dutifully recounting the chronic White House resistance to active scientific advice, he is lavish in praise for executive and scientific colleagues. Killian's viewpoint is from within the White House but above the bureaucratic and personal battles that went on around him. His recommendations call for a new era of productive interaction among universities, industry and government. A dignified addition to the literature on science and public policy.