Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture
co-edited by David Kaiser
Unviersity of Chicago Press, May 2016
In his 1969 book The Making of a Counterculture, Theodore Roszak described the youth of the late 1960s as fleeing science “as if from a place inhabited by plague,” and even seeking “subversion of the scientific worldview” itself. But that view ignores the diverse ways in which the era’s countercultures expressed enthusiasm for and involved themselves in science—of a certain type. Boomers and hippies sought a science that was both small-scale and big-picture. Groovy Science explores the experimentation and eclecticism that marked countercultural science and technology during one of the most colorful periods of American history.