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Beyond Imported MagicEssays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America$
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Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Christina Holmes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027458

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027458.001.0001

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Peaceful Atoms in Mexico

Peaceful Atoms in Mexico

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Beyond Imported Magic

Gisela Mateos

Edna Suárez-Díaz

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Mateos and Suárez-Díaz use a transnational framework to study the history of Mexican nuclearity during the Cold War. As they show, the development of national nuclear capabilities required the international circulation of physicists, nuclear materials, standards, and practices. Yet the authors further argue that the history of the Mexican nuclear program cannot be understood outside the context of Mexican political history in the twentieth century, as Mexico’s dual goals of political independence and national scientific capability resulted in a nuclear program that was dedicated exclusively to peaceful applications—such as energy—and eschewed the building of bombs.

Keywords:   Cold war, nuclear, physics, circulation, scientific development, transnational history, Mexico

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