Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781935704850 Published December 2015
E-book $35.00 ISBN: 9781940033891 Published October 2015

A Scientific Peak

How Boulder Became a World Center for Space and Atmospheric Science

Joseph P. Bassi

A Scientific Peak

Joseph P. Bassi

Distributed for American Meteorological Society

296 pages | 20 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781935704850 Published December 2015
E-book $35.00 ISBN: 9781940033891 Published October 2015
Scroll through a list of the latest incredible scientific discoveries and you might find an unexpected commonality—Boulder, Colorado. Once a Wild West city tucked where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, it is now home to some of the biggest names in science. Research centers, including the National Center for Atmospheric Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are based there, while IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Ball Aerospace would come to reside alongside a dynamic start-up community.

A Scientific Peak chronicles Boulder’s meteoric rise to eventually become “America’s Smartest City” and a leader in space and atmospheric sciences. In just two decades following World War II, a tenacious group of researchers, supported by groups from local citizenry to the State of Colorado, managed to convince the US government and some of the world’s scientific pioneers to make Boulder a center of the new space age. Joseph P. Bassi introduces us to the characters, from citizens to scientists, and the mix of politics, passion, and sheer luck at the start of Boulder’s transformation from “Scientific Siberia” to the research mecca it is today.
Review Quotes
Daily Camera
"Goes beyond a simply recounting of history to explore how the changing world of sponsorship and funding contributed to Boulder's development as a scientific mecca and arguing that local citizens were as responsible as Uncle Sam."
Roger D. Launius, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution | Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly
“This is fundamentally a history of a ‘city of knowledge,’ but not in the way that planned cities of the Cold War era emerged in such places as Los Alamos, New Mexico, or the ‘Research Triangle’ of North Carolina. . . . In the end, a combination of capital, leaders, skilled workers, and institutions—supported by sufficient capital investment largely from the federal government— succeeded in establishing a ‘mecca’ of scientific investigation and output. . . . It is a story of progress, writ large. . . . A Scientific Peak makes an important contribution by laying out the creation of a climate science community. I welcome its publication.”
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