Author (Your Name)

Mary Ranlett, Colby College

Date of Award


Document Type

Senior Scholars Paper (Open Access)


Colby College. Government Dept.




The basis for this Senior Scholar paper is the secondary power of atomic energy- its interweaving effects in government policy and in the attitudes of the government and society toward the scientist. Throughout the paper I have presented a picture of the meaning of science, the scientific personality, the changes in science which are linked with social and governmental changes, and the clash of the government with science, as exemplified by the security hearing of the leading atomic scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer. The political aspects of the secondary power of atomic energy are shown directly in the Oppenheimer hearing, while the social aspects appear more subtly in various quotations throughout the paper.


Scientists -- History -- 1945-, Science and state -- History -- 1945-, History, Modern -- 1945-1989