Essays of a Soviet Scientist / Edition 1

Essays of a Soviet Scientist / Edition 1

by Vitalii I. Goldanskii
     
 

ISBN-10: 1563964546

ISBN-13: 9781563964541

Pub. Date: 12/28/2009

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC

The essays, articles, and interviews that make up Essays of a Soviet Scientist offer a revealing portrait of Vitalii Gol'danskii and his generation. Here are Gol'danskii's reminiscences of his extraordinary scientific mentors and colleagues, his reflections on science's obligations to humanity, his writings on the arts and the media, his courageous and passionate…  See more details below

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The essays, articles, and interviews that make up Essays of a Soviet Scientist offer a revealing portrait of Vitalii Gol'danskii and his generation. Here are Gol'danskii's reminiscences of his extraordinary scientific mentors and colleagues, his reflections on science's obligations to humanity, his writings on the arts and the media, his courageous and passionate arguments against nuclear weapons, and his warnings about the resurgence of anti-Semitism in today's Russia. Through the compassionate, authoritative perspective of Vitalii Gol'danskii, we find in the life of a man and a nation many lessons for us all. The role of science and the scientist in society...the oppressive influence of authoritarianism on a nation's intelligentsia...scientific integrity versus political expedience...the endurance of a people riding the great emotional pendulum of history...Essays of a Soviet Scientist has much to say about these and other crucial matters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563964541
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date:
12/28/2009
Series:
Masters of Modern Physics Series
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

About the Series
Preface
A Living Legend (Lev Andrejevich Artsimovich)5
Aleksander Naumovich Frumkin11
On the 70th Birthday of Vitaly Lazarevich Ginzburg18
In the Kaleidoscope of Memory (Lev Davidovich Landau)22
Aleksander Nikolaevich Nesmeyanov30
Scientist, Thinker, Humanist (Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov)33
Fragments of the Past (Nikolai Nikolaevich Semenov)39
My Remarkable Relative Shura (Aleksander Iosifovich Shal'nikov)61
Some Pages from the Past (Vladimir Iosifovich Veksler)71
Forty-five Years (Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich)74
What Should a Scientific Journal Be?93
Not Only about Chemistry (Interview)97
I Trust in the Human Mind (Interview)108
The Art of Developing Science118
Struggles of a Soviet Scientist (Interview)123
Why Are We Lagging Behind? Remarks about Fundamental Science129
Science Has Had Its Say133
Let Common Sense Triumph134
Soviet Scientists Face Perestroika's Challenge136
Are the Discoveries of Lobachevsky Paying Off? (Interview)140
On the Basic Principles of the Activities of the Institutes148
Using Both Eyes153
Depths of Life Reflected on the Screen155
He Entered Our Lives (Pushkin)159
On the Road to Recovery161
Spiritualizing the Mind164
Disastrous Shift to the Right (Interview)174
Rating TV (Interview)178
Effect of a Natural Contraction of Time (Facetious Attempt at a Mathematical Description of Age Sensation)180
Out of the SDI Impasse (Interview)187
Logic of the Mind vs. the Logic of the Ego (Interview)192
Elimination of Nuclear Arsenals199
An International Nuclear Security Force219
Could Our Countries Become Allies? (Interview)227
UN Nuclear Force? A Soviet Scientist's Proposals231
The World Wants Clarity and Reliability (When It Concerns Nuclear Weapons from the Former USSR)235
Statement of Russian Scientists239
An Academician Demands Publication of the Military Budget (Interview)243
The World Has Become Extremely Small (Interview)246
Politics, Science, and Glasnost250
USSR Foreign Policy in a New Dimension259
Russia's "Red-Brown" Hawks (With "Scientists Excepted" Letter Added)263
Paradox of Perestroika: Ethnic Turmoil and Anti-Semitism273
On "Special Dangers" of Perestroika to Soviet Jews, Science, and Society276
Letter to the General Secretary281
Acknowledgments285
Subject Index289
About the Author301

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