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    Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century by Zachary, G. Pascal  

    As a young professor at MIT in the 1920s, Vannevar Bush (1890-1974) did seminal work on analog computing and was a cofounder of Raytheon, whose initial success was based on long-lasting radio tubes.

    But he is best known for his role in Washington during World War II: as President Roosevelt's adviser, he organized the Manhattan Project and oversaw the work of 6,000 civilian scientists designing new weapons.

    His 1945 report "Science -- The Endless Frontier" spurred the creation of a system of public support for university research that endures to this day.

    Although he helped to give rise to the military-industrial complex, Bush was a skeptical observer of the interplay between science and politics. He warned against the dangers of an arms race and led a failed effort to halt testing of the hydrogen bomb.

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    There are ways to discriminate and get away with it: Tom Hofeller draws “exceptionally smart” redistricting maps. His objective is to "design wombs for the GOP team and tombs for the other guys,” Draper wrote.

    by anyname on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 09:30:51 PM PST

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