The main goal is to acquaint readers with the life and work of outstanding Soviet physicists who, to a large extent, shaped theoretical physics in the 1950s–70s. Many intriguing details have remained unknown beyond the “Iron Curtain” which was dismantled only with the fall of the USSR.Contents:Lev LandauArkady MigdalYakov ZeldovichYakov SmorodinskyKaren Ter-MartirosyanDavid KirzhnitsVladimir GribovAnatoly LarkinAlexei AnselmTime and DestiniesSome Details for Experts
Readership: Students and teachers of physics in high schools and colleges.
Keywords:Theoretical Physics;Landau and His Circle;Soviet UnionReviews:
“This volume is filled with fascinating reminiscences of the Landau school of theoretical physics that flourished in the then Soviet Union. Life was often difficult but the science was top-notch. We can all be grateful that these reminiscences have been written down and collected and are now being published in English.”Professor Edward Witten
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
“In this book we get to know about not only Landau but many from his circle, persons who are now gone. People who are still active give very personal and detailed narrations of the masters of the Landau circle. They come back to life for us and we get a very good understanding of how these people worked and lived. We can follow the history of theoretical physics through the achievements of these people. In this sense the book is a must for anyone interested in the history of science.”(See Full Review)Professor Lars Brink
Chalmers Univ. of Tech., Sweden
“The presented material is highly interesting for all those, who had the chance to take part in seminars and conferences in the Soviet Union or even to cooperate with Soviet colleagues.”Zentralblatt MATH