The 70s were disco music, giant hairdo, and flashy clothes. On the serious side, there was the Vietnam War, and the Arab oil embargo, which led to huge gas shortages and long lines at American gas stations.
But, when many people think about the 70s, they don’t necessarily think of it as a time of scientific, or technological innovation. U-C Santa Barbara History Professor Patrick McCray many of those perceptions of the 70’s are wrong.
He, and fellow science historian David Kaiser of the Michigan Institute of Technology have edited a new book about the subject, called “Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture.