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Stalin's Great Science: The Times and Adventures of Soviet Physicists


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The Great War and the Invention of Soviet Science; Socialist, or Big Science; Freedom, Collectivism, and Electrons; Lev Landau's Wanderjahre, or Theoretical Physics in the Context of Cultural Revolution; Scientist Under Stalin's Patronage: The Case of Piotr Kapitza; "To Catch up and to Surpass..."; President of Stalin's Academy: The Mask and Responsibility of Sergei Vavilov; Games of Soviet Democracy; Ideological Passions; Collective Excitations; Dialogues About Knowledge and Power in Totalitarian Political Culture


"Kojevnikov makes his case that Soviet physicists learned to use the system to promote their interests and those of their science, and that the system in turn informed and influenced their work ... Highly recommended."Choice"There is an excellent history of many of the major developments in physics attributed to Soviet scientists and mathematicians, with much of the debate between eminent specialists recorded, showing the vacillation of ideas often dominated by the personalities involved ... the book provides a well researched and interesting background to some of the major developments in physics in the years from 1920 to 1950."Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry"Kojevnikov does an excellent job of describing how the radical scientific breakthroughs of the early twentieth century found parallels with the social changes that were beginning to occur."Ab Imperio

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