Book Description

Navigating the Maze: How Science and Technology Policies Shape America and the World offers a captivating deep dive into the inner workings of the world of public policy. Written by prominent science advocate and renowned physics researcher and educator, Michael S. Lubell, this valuable book provides insights and real-world examples for anyone looking to understand how policy works in reality: for students, scientists, and the public. Well-organized and featuring a compelling historical narrative, this unique resource will enable researchers, educators, elected officials, industrialists, financial managers, science lobbyists, and readers in general to easily navigate the complex world of science and technology (S&T) policy.

As science communication and STEM policy occupy rapidly growing areas of interest and provide important career paths, this book provides invaluable insights into the public policy arena, as well as lessons for effective science advocacy.

  • Presents compelling narratives about Climate Change, the Internet, the Human Genome, the BRAIN Initiative, the Manhattan Project, the Science Stimulus, the origin of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and more.
  • Provides insights into the future of S&T through a 225-year American policy retrospective, highlighting impacts on health and medicine, STEM education, economic growth, energy, defense, innovation, and industrial competitiveness.
  • Illuminates the role of S&T on the global stage, from diplomatic engagement to military intervention and from scientific collaboration to technological competition.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. About the Author
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Foreword
  10. Preamble
    1. Opening doors and expanding horizons
  11. Introduction
    1. What is science and technology policy?
  12. Part I: Past is prologue
    1. Introduction
    2. Chapter 1: The early years 1787–1860
      1. Abstract
    3. Chapter 2: The Civil War era and its legacy years 1860–1870
      1. Abstract
    4. Chapter 3: The Gilded Age 1870–1900
      1. Abstract
    5. Chapter 4: A new century: A new America 1900–1925
      1. Abstract
    6. Chapter 5: From depression to global engagement 1925–1945
      1. Abstract
    7. Chapter 6: Donning the mantle of world leadership 1945–1952
      1. Abstract
    8. Chapter 7: Growing pains 1952–1974
      1. Abstract
    9. Chapter 8: A fresh start 1974–1992
      1. Abstract
      2. Title I—National Science, Engineering, and Technology Policy and Priorities
      3. Title II—Office of Science and Technology Policy
      4. Title III—President's Committee on Science and Technology
      5. Title IV—Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology
  13. Part II: Science and technology policies in the modern age
    1. Introduction
    2. Chapter 9: Crossing new intersections 1992–2000
      1. Abstract
    3. Chapter 10: Years of anxiety 2001–2008
      1. Abstract
      2. Assessment
      3. Recommendations
      4. Findings
      5. Recommendations
    4. Chapter 11: Recovery and reinvention 2009–2016
      1. Abstract
    5. Chapter 12: Loose change
      1. Abstract
    6. Chapter 13: Epilogue
      1. The Trump era
  14. References
  15. Index