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Remarks Of The Chairman: Scientists, Scientific Societies, And Military Research
Author(s): Gert von Bally
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Paper Abstract

Examples like the holographic vibration analysis to study the influence of gun and cannon shots on the function of tympanic membranes, or the optimization with in-line holography of spray nozzles that were used in defoliation actions in Vietnam show that today even in such highly specialized fields like biomedical applications of holography, where you normally would not expect military applications, you are confronted with the question of the interlacing of science with military. This demonstrates, that there is no way to avoid taking a stand on this question - which seems anyway to be very obvious especially when you are involved in laser research and optics. But it seems that many colleagues knowingly or unconsciously put this problem out of their minds and many - if not most - of the scientific societies support this attitude by giving increasing public recognition to such type of research without any critical discussion of its consequences.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 December 1983
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0370, Holographic Data Nondestructive Testing, (13 December 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.934867
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Gert von Bally, University of Munster (Federal Republic of Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0370:
Holographic Data Nondestructive Testing
Dalibor Vukicevic, Editor(s)

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