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MAKING THE MODERN WORLD
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period:  1930-1968 Defiant Modernism

The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifts off with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., at 9:32 a.m. EDT July 16, 1969, from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A. © Science Museum / Science and Society

World War Two sparked scientific and technological projects with world-changing effects. Hopes grew that 'high-tech' would also boost peacetime trade. The planning techniques learned in wartime would later be applied to health and housing.

1930-1968
Defiant Modernism
Smashing the atom
The potential of nuclear power has been accompanied by ambiguity.
Science in war
The Second World War married science to weapons development and tactics.
What is life?
Second World War ideas about codes and information helped crack the structure of DNA.
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