A History of Biophysics in Contemporary China by Christine Yi Lai LukA History of Biophysics in Contemporary China by Christine Yi Lai Luk

A History of Biophysics in Contemporary China

byChristine Yi Lai Luk

Paperback | May 15, 2015

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This book gives a concise history of biophysics in contemporary China, from about 1949 to 1976. It outlines how a science specialty evolved from an ambiguous and amorphous field into a fully-fledged academic discipline in the socio-institutional contexts of contemporary China. The book relates how, while initially consisting of cell biologists, the Chinese biophysics community redirected their disciplinary priorities toward rocket science in the late 1950s to accommodate the national interests of the time. Biophysicists who had worked on biological sounding rockets were drawn to the military sector and continued to contribute to human spaceflight in post-Mao China. Besides the rocket-and-space missions which provided the material context for biophysics to expand in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Chinese biophysicists also created research and educational programs surrounding biophysics by exploiting the institutional opportunities afforded by the policy emphasis on science's role to drive modernization. The book explores and demonstrates the collective achievements and struggles of Chinese biophysicists in building their scientific discipline.
Christine Yi Lai Luk holds a doctorate in the human and social dimensions of science and technology from Arizona State University (ASU). She is interested in exploring the intersection between the scientific establishment and cultural knowledge forms in non-Western settings. Her pursuit of non-Western scientific culture was supported b...
Title:A History of Biophysics in Contemporary ChinaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:90 pagesPublished:May 15, 2015Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319180924

ISBN - 13:9783319180922

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Biophysics in Contemporary China: Why Should Anyone Care? Chapter 2: The Father of Biophysics in China.- Chapter 3: The Institutional Infrastructure of Biophysics.- Chapter 4: Building Biophysics Through Launching Sounding Rockets.- Chapter 5: Conclusion: Biophysics with Chinese Characteristics?

Editorial Reviews

"This study builds on and extends a healthy body of literature in the history of science that considers the development of scientific disciplines in terms of social, political, and economic factors. . as the first study of its kind, Luk's book represents an important step in enriching our understanding of the history of this scientific discipline outside the conventional paradigm of the modern West." (Howard Chiang, Metascience, Vol. 25, 2016)