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U.S. Coast Survey vs. Naval Hydrographic Office, U.S. Coast Survey vs. Naval Hydrographic Office, 0817350802, 0-8173-5080-2, 978-0-8173-5080-2, 9780817350802,

U.S. Coast Survey vs. Naval Hydrographic Office
A 19th-Century Rivalry in Science and Politics
Thomas G. Manning

Quality Paper
2003. 216 pp.
978-0-8173-5080-2
Price:  $34.95 s

This historical study examines a crucial phase of the relations of science and politics in the post-Civil War period: the long rivalry between the civilian Coast Survey and the military Hydrographic office, both government science agencies.

"A full and excellent account."--American Neptune
"Excellent."--Choice
"Tightly written. . . . Manning gives an account of a classic turf battle in Washington, D.C., and one that kept flaring up for decades. On the issues of whether military or civilian organizations can conduct federal scientific investigations better, or whether the military should do anything more than defense . . . these concerns have not been resolved, and there is a timelessness to Manning's story.
 One is on safe ground recommending this book to any government scientist and to anyone interested in science as run by the government, be it military or civilian."--Earth Sciences History
"Once again, history shows that politics influences all aspects of American life, even scientific research."--Science


"Essential reading."--Cartographica
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