Basic Science in the Asian Countries

  • Frederick Seitz


One of the notable features of our time has been the extent to which nations on the eastern rim of Asia, particularly Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore have adopted the methods of what, for the purpose of this chapter, I shall term western science-based technology for the manufacture of commercial goods which now flood the world in a highly competitive manner. Some of this production is carried out with the close cooperation of Western countries but increasingly a great deal is independent. It is probable that others in the Asian region may soon join them. Actually the Japanese began absorbing Western technology a century ago shortly after it was compelled to open its doors to world trade by the Western nations. However, much of the focus of such use in Japan prior to 1945 was for matters important to achieve military strength.


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick Seitz
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  1. 1.The Rockefeller UniversityNew YorkUSA

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