Books et al.History of Science

When science was groovy

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Science  09 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6453, pp. 550-551
DOI: 10.1126/science.aay6618

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In the summer of 1969, just a month before the Woodstock festival, hundreds of millions of people watched American astronauts walk on the surface of the Moon and return safely to their home planet. A half-century later, the confluence of the Ages of Aquarius and Apollo presents historians of science with a challenge. How do we reconcile one of the 20th century's most impressive technoscientific achievements with bucolic images of young Americans frolicking in Woodstock's muddy fields? As we mark the twin anniversaries of Woodstock and the first Moon landing, let us appreciate the groovy overlaps—sympathetic vibrations as much as head-on collisions—that have threaded knowledge production and innovation throughout the American experience.

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