By Roald Z. Sagdeev
The severely acclaimed memoir that rips the curtain of secrecy off the realm of Soviet science
"Revelations and insights concerning the Soviet area software . . . it truly is sturdy that one of these clever guy will dwell between us for a while." --The manhattan Times
"A infrequent, important, insider's examine the Soviet army business machine."--Publishers Weekly
"I came upon it interesting . . . very important not just to scientists, but in addition should you style executive politics generally."--Herman Feshbach Institute Professor Emeritus Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"A actual contribution to the literature of the gap age."--Chicago Sun-Times
"This is a robust but fascinating account of the Soviet Union's medical, house, and armed forces firm, characterised by way of Sagdeev's frank and insightful type combined with pleasant humor and humanity."--Charles H. Townes Nobel Laureate in Physics collage of California, Berkeley
"For all who're drawn to the interplay of technology and society, and within the nature of the Soviet Union as obvious by means of a prepared observer who was once while an 'insider' and a devoted humanist, this e-book is extremely recommended." --Physics Today
From Publishers Weekly
Sagdeev, a physicist who directed the previous Soviet Union's area study Institute from 1973 to 1990, performed a very important function in restraining a Soviet counteroffensive to the U.S. "Star Wars" software, thereby aiding to prevent an acceleration of the nuclear palms race in house. This modest, anecdotal memoir offers an extraordinary, worthwhile insider's examine the Soviet military-industrial computer. engaged on the U.S.S.R.'s abortive controlled-fusion application within the Fifties, Sagdeev witnessed Stalin's damaging interference with the clinical group. offering close-ups of Brezhnev, Gorbachev and physicist/dissident Andrei Sakharov, his narrative indicates how area tasks of actual medical worth have been hobbled whereas most sensible precedence used to be given to expensive, prestige-oriented feats intended to rival these of NASA. Sagdeev is now a physics professor on the college of Maryland; his spouse, Susan Eisenhower, the book's editor, is Ike's granddaughter, including a twist to this chilly battle account.
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From Library Journal
World-class scientist Sagdeev, at present unique professor of physics and director of the East-West middle for house technological know-how on the collage of Maryland, has written an autobiography of his expert occupation. (The paintings has been edited through his spouse, the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.) whereas the reader learns little of his own lifestyles, this account deals nice perception into the politics of Soviet technology and the influence of the chilly struggle in shaping medical research-East and West. As director of the distance study Institute for the Soviet Union, Sagdeev practiced perestroika sooner than the time period got here into utilization; he ultimately served as summit adviser to Mikhail Gorbachev and his technological know-how adviser. With its transparent and easy-to-read variety, absence of technical jargon, and wit and charm-even the footnotes are enjoyable-this publication is very recommended.
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They, too, knew that the line to attaining a good managed fusion was once an extended one. on the Bureau of digital apparatus, the imagine tank of managed fusion at Kurchatov's personal set up, we felt the influence of Kurchatov's disclosure in a short time. The ridiculous categorised language used to be instantly deserted. Kurchatov got here again from England and opened his personal usual seminars, which quickly grew to become the main influential and prestigious gatherings in Moscow. There we mentioned diversified rules and situations of the way to accomplish a managed fusion reactor. this is often how I met, for the 1st time, a lot of these whose names have been often spoken purely in whispers, reminiscent of the identify of guns fashion designer Yakov Zeldovich. on the first few conferences, we younger theorists of Leontovich's staff occupied the rear benches within the huge room. Mesmerized by way of the names of fashionable humans, we the speeches. notwithstanding, particularly quickly a revelation got here: high-temperature plasma was once a brand new technological know-how, and it was once we, the teenagers, who have been the specialists in plasma, no longer the older, more matured scientists. i didn't particularly comprehend it myself until eventually I summoned the braveness to leap to the rostrum to disprove, with boyish ardor, what i presumed used to be a slightly naive recommendation by way of academician Vladimir Veksler, the fellow who used to be thought of a classicist of the thenbiggest accelerators and the recipient of the yank Atoms for Peace prize. Kurchatov remembered my bravery, and never lengthy after the assembly i used to be invited for a long inner most dialog with him. due to Kurchatov's crusade for managed fusion, the monopoly of the Bureau of digital gear used to be damaged. Kurchatov introduced numerous new experimental and theoretical teams in Moscow, Kharkov, and Sukhumi. Artsimovich, one of many first beneficiaries of the grand beginning of fusion technological know-how, made his first journey out of the country a couple of months after Kurchatov's triumph at Harwell. He went to Sweden to come across, for the 1st time, a global viewers of plasma physics and fusion pros. every little thing used to be new to him and his Soviet colleagues. Sending the Soviet delegation was once like forming a staff to discover an undiscovered continent. The gurus didn't know the way to permit Soviet nuclear scientists meet the realm. on the seminar upon his go back, Artsimovich joked that he had brought his crucial spouse, a bodyguard, as "Professor Logunov. " The hosts have been too well mannered, he instructed us, to embarrass the negative fellow with questions about expert issues. Following Kurchatov's initiative, the Western global slowly began to liberate declassified papers on plasmas and fusion. We learn them, learning them as long-awaited signs. It used to be no longer quite a bit that they added clinical revelations; lots of the rules have been really customary and paralleled our personal learn. an important message used to be that we weren't by myself within the fusion technology universe. there have been humans of an identical breed, of an analogous relatives of foreign technology, in the market. That feeling created a powerful urge to satisfy our opposite numbers nose to nose.