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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.
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Essays, articles, and interviews recount the challenges of being a Jewish scientist from the aftermath of the communist revolution and civil war, through collectivization, World War II, Stalin's antisemitic campaign, and the Cold War, to the fledgling Russian democracy. Rather than strictly scientific matters, he is more concerned here with the place of science in society, art and the media, nuclear weapons, and his colleagues. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563964541
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Series: Masters of Modern Physics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Series
A Living Legend (Lev Andrejevich Artsimovich) 5
Aleksander Naumovich Frumkin 11
On the 70th Birthday of Vitaly Lazarevich Ginzburg 18
In the Kaleidoscope of Memory (Lev Davidovich Landau) 22
Aleksander Nikolaevich Nesmeyanov 30
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 Science 118
Struggles of a Soviet Scientist (Interview) 123
Why Are We Lagging Behind? Remarks about Fundamental Science 129
Science Has Had Its Say 133
Let Common Sense Triumph 134
Soviet Scientists Face Perestroika's Challenge 136
Are the Discoveries of Lobachevsky Paying Off? (Interview) 140
On the Basic Principles of the Activities of the Institutes 148
Using Both Eyes 153
Depths of Life Reflected on the Screen 155
He Entered Our Lives (Pushkin) 159
On the Road to Recovery 161
Spiritualizing the Mind 164
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 Arsenals 199
An International Nuclear Security Force 219
Could Our Countries Become Allies? (Interview) 227
UN Nuclear Force? A Soviet Scientist's Proposals 231
The World Wants Clarity and Reliability (When It Concerns Nuclear Weapons from the Former USSR) 235
Statement of Russian Scientists 239
An Academician Demands Publication of the Military Budget (Interview) 243
The World Has Become Extremely Small (Interview) 246
Politics, Science, and Glasnost 250
USSR Foreign Policy in a New Dimension 259
Russia's "Red-Brown" Hawks (With "Scientists Excepted" Letter Added) 263
Paradox of Perestroika: Ethnic Turmoil and Anti-Semitism 273
On "Special Dangers" of Perestroika to Soviet Jews, Science, and Society 276
Letter to the General Secretary 281
Acknowledgments 285
Subject Index 289
About the Author 301
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