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SOME of humanity’s finest acts of collaboration are carried out by people in special suits – the full-body kind, which protect them from radiation, lethal pathogens, extreme temperatures and aggressive substances.

But then there’s the reverse, where the suit helps to protect delicate objects from human contamination.

The clean room is the par excellence example.

For the past half-century, collaboration in these spaces has fuelled progress, facilitating the best of semiconductor research and development – and as a result, profoundly influencing US science policy and practice.

In meticulous case studies, Mody traces the unprecedented interdisciplinary collaboration between universities, manufacturers and government funding agencies during and after the cold war.

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