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Rational action : the sciences of policy in Britain and America, 1940-1960, William Thomas

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Rational action : the sciences of policy in Britain and America, 1940-1960
Title
Rational action
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the sciences of policy in Britain and America, 1940-1960
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William Thomas
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eng
Summary
During World War II, the Allied military forces faced severe problems integrating equipment, tactics, and logistics into successful combat operations. To help confront these problems, scientists and engineers developed new means of studying which equipment designs would best meet the military's requirements and how the military could best use the equipment it had on hand. By 1941 they had also begun to gather and analyze data from combat operations to improve military leaders' ordinary planning activities. In 'Rational Action', William Thomas details these developments, and how they gave rise during the 1950s to a constellation of influential new fields, which he terms the 'sciences of policy', that included operations research, management science, systems analysis, and decision theory. --
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1979-
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Thomas, William
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illustrations
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Text in English
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Transformations : studies in the history of science and technology
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  • Science and state
  • Science and state
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Rational action : the sciences of policy in Britain and America, 1940-1960, William Thomas
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-382) and index
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
The origins of the sciences of policy -- A wartime intellectual economy -- The lessons of war -- Rationality and theory -- The intellectual economy of theory and practice
Control code
ocn884961990
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 399 pages
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9780262028509
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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(OCoLC)884961990
Label
Rational action : the sciences of policy in Britain and America, 1940-1960, William Thomas
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-382) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The origins of the sciences of policy -- A wartime intellectual economy -- The lessons of war -- Rationality and theory -- The intellectual economy of theory and practice
Control code
ocn884961990
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 399 pages
Isbn
9780262028509
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)884961990

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