Science Networks. Historical Studies

Matvei Petrovich Bronstein and Soviet Theoretical Physics in the Thirties

and Soviet Theoretical Physics in the Thirties

Authors: Gorelik, Gennady, Frenkel, Victor Ya.

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The short life and tragic death of Matvei Petrovich Bronstein (1906-1938) may be seen as a symbol of the man's time and his country. One of the most remarkable features of Soviet history was the impressive advance of its physical sciences against the brutal and violent background of totalitarianism. Soviet advances in nuclear and space technology form an important part of world history. These achievements had their roots in the 30s, when Bronstein's generation entered science. Among his friends were the famous physicists Lev Landau and George Gamow. Bronstein worked in the vast field of theoretical physics, ranging from nuclear physics to astrophysics and from relativistic quantum theory to cosmology. His pioneering work on quantizing gravitation goes beyond the history of physics, because today the quantum theory of gravitation occupies a special place in fundamental physics. Bronstein was also a master of scientific explanation thanks to his profound knowledge, enthusiasm as a teacher and a gift for literature. This enabled him to write popular science for children, the widest and most responsive group of readers. He became a writer with the help of his wife Lidiya Chukovskaya, known now as an outstanding writer and fighter for human rights. Bronstein's life was closely intertwined with the social, historical and scientific context of one of the most tragic and intriguing periods of Russian history.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Childhood and Youth. Road to Science

    Gorelik, Gennady E. (et al.)

    Pages 13-18

  • In Leningrad University (1926–1930)

    Gorelik, Gennady E. (et al.)

    Pages 19-32

  • At the Leningrad Physicotechnical Institute

    Gorelik, Gennady E. (et al.)

    Pages 33-61

  • Hard Times for the Laws of Conservation and for Theoreticians

    Gorelik, Gennady E. (et al.)

    Pages 63-82

  • cGℏ Physics in Bronstein’s Life

    Gorelik, Gennady E. (et al.)

    Pages 83-121

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Matvei Petrovich Bronstein and Soviet Theoretical Physics in the Thirties
Book Subtitle
and Soviet Theoretical Physics in the Thirties
Authors
Translated by
Levina, V.M.
Series Title
Science Networks. Historical Studies
Series Volume
12
Copyright
1994
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Birkhäuser Verlag
eBook ISBN
978-3-0348-8488-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-0348-8488-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-7643-2752-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-0348-9644-3
Series ISSN
1421-6329
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
208
Additional Information
Original Russian edition published by Nauka, Moscow, 1990
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