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Physicists: Epoch and Personalities (History of Modern by Feinberg Hsiai

By Feinberg Hsiai

The e-book is a suite of memoirs on recognized Soviet physicists of the 20 th century, akin to Tamm, Vavilov, Sakharov, Landau and others. The memoirs have been initially written in Russian by means of E L Feinberg. The narrative is positioned inside a remarkably well-described ancient, cultural and social context. Of unique curiosity are the chapters dedicated to Soviet and German atomic initiatives.

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Andronov, however, knew Mandelstam only after 1925. A great Turkmen poet of the eighteen century Makhtumkuli characterizes, in his verse “Humanity II”, distinctive features of each decade in human life in their turn [Makhmutluli (1948)]. In particular, he writes8 : At twenty life is not the same, Bursts away a youthful flame, Every day he’s drunk with dream, Every moment captures him. At thirty is his life diverse, With temptation’s idle growth, He is thinking clear though He has understood himself.

After all, Einstein, in a phrase preceding the above-quoted one says: ‘Even in our everyday life we “have to” ascribe to things we use the reality that does not depend on a person. We do it in order to establishe in a reasonable way an interrelation between the data provided by our senses. (NB. Author’s italics). This is, of course, another intuitive statement. I. I. does not think that “we have” to do it and so does not do it. Therefore Einstein is a materialist, although on the preceding page he says: “I can not prove that my concept is true but this is my religion”.

I. was in Moscow (1922–1924), the Moscow University did not realize what a promising possibility was at hand? At that time a physics faculty of MSU (just separated from that of physics and mathematics) was in a state of despondency. N. Lebedev (together with the best professors from other faculties) had resigned, the level of teaching and research work had sharply declined. Many rooms of the wonderful newly-built building of the physics faculty were simply empty (this was in the twenties). K. A.

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