Chapter Twenty-One. Science and Technology

  1. John Horne Professor member
  1. Anne Rasmussen member

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch21

A Companion to World War I

A Companion to World War I

How to Cite

Rasmussen, A. (2010) Science and Technology, in A Companion to World War I (ed J. Horne), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch21

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Author Information

  1. University of Strasbourg, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405123860

Online ISBN: 9781444323634



  • science and technology;
  • World War I technology and science - playing a pivotal role;
  • a battle of science and machines - French mathematician Paul Painlevé's statement on war;
  • “the science of warfare” - chemistry, physics and mechanics;
  • boom in war production - affecting those involved in manufacturing substitute products;
  • rationalization of production - consequence of new involvement of science and technology in war


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Engineers and Scientists at War

  • Mobilizing Science and Technology

  • Organization, Production, and Command

  • Science and the Legitimization of the War

  • Epilogue: the War and Changes in Scientific Practices

  • References and Further Reading