New York: Simon and Schuster, 1949. 1st. Hardcover. First Edition. Advance Copy INSCRIBED to Stanford University President Wallace Sterling "To Wallace Sterling/with cordial regards/Vannevar Bush." Octavo; (xiv), 273, (1)pp. Laid in is a 2 1/4" x 4" card ('Advance Copy/Publication Date, Nov. 21') along with a publisher's reply post card. Very Good in publisher's red cloth stamped in gold on black background on spine and upper board. The book's spine is lightly sunned with a scratch to spine lettering; the bright price-clipped dust jacket has light extremity wear and a few closed tears. Item #17861
As chairman of the National Defense Research Committee and later director of the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development, Vannevar Bush coordinated the activities of ~ six thousand leading American scientists in the application of science to warfare. In his 1945 report to President Truman, Bush called for an expansion of government support for science, and urged the creation of the National Science Foundation. He has been called the "Architect of the military-industrial complex," but he was fearful of military control of scientific research, and this book was his warning that the militarization of American science would be harmful. Wallace Sterling, president of Stanford University from 1949–1968, oversaw the school's growth to become the internationally recognized "Harvard of the West" (earning Sterling the sobriquet "Stanford's man with the Midas touch” for his fundraising ability). Stanford Industrial Park, which eventually received great government support, was founded under Sterling and Provost Professor Frederick Terman (who had been Bush's student at MIT).