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How Far It Is to Tomorrow... Reflections of an Eminent Russian Applied Mathematician 1917-2000

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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 06/2022
Edizione: 1st ed. 2022


This is a translated autobiography of applied mathematician N. N. Moiseev, providing an insider’s view of the history of the Soviet Union from its founding in 1917 to its collapse in 1991, as well as a little of the aftermath.

We see vividly the precariousness of life just after the October Revolution; his happy family life during the years 1921-28 of Lenin’s New Economic Policy; the subsequent destruction of his family by Stalin’s regime; his trials as a social outcast; his student days at Moscow State University; his experiences as a Soviet Air Force Engineer in World War II, including sorties as a gunner and a brush with an NKVD agent; post-war euphoria, marriage, and another round of ostracism; and then the vicissitudes of a highly varied academic career. Here we meet many famous Soviet and Western engineers and scientists. The last several chapters are devoted more to wide-ranging reflections on God, philosophy, science, communism, modelling the biosphere, and the threat of nuclear winter.  His thoughts concerning the impending and then final collapse of the USSR, as well as hopes for Russia’s future, conclude the journey through Moiseev's life.


Introduction .- Preface .- To the reader .- The beginning .- Chapter I. On a knife edge .- Chapter II. A few really happy years .- Chapter III. Outcast .- Chapter IV. War's end and the search for myself  .- Chapter V. Climbing Mt. Olympics, or seven very strange years in my life .- Chapter VI. On the intelligentsia, its fate and responsibilities .- Chapter VII. Work, searchings, and a change in decor .- Chapter VIII. Spring of light .- Chapter IX. On God, philosophy, and science .- Chapter X. My "nuclear winter" epic and subsequent retirement .- Chapter XI. My agricultural career .- Chapter XII. A "golden age" or thoughts on the origins of communism .- Chapter XIII. Russia's twilight: dawn or dusk? .- Chapter XIV. The year 1993 .- Epilogue .- Chapter XV. Henceforth life will have to be lived differently .- Chapter XVI. Through the 1990s .- Chapter XVII. The Nineteen-nineties .- Appendix. MILESTONES-2000.  Remarks on the Russian intelligentsia on the eve of a new century.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 235 x 155 mm Ø 787 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:XXII, 391 p. 7 illus. in color.
Pagine Arabe: 391
Pagine Romane: xxii
Traduttore: Burns, Robert G.; Raguimov, Iouldouz S.

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