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The Making of a Soviet Scientist: My Adventures in Nuclear Fusion and Space from Stalin to Star Wars

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As head of the Soviet Academy of Sciences' Space Research Institute from 1973-90, Sagdeev struggled to perform honest science amidst the powerful space barons and military-industrial tsars. In this riveting memoir, he chronicles the fights, rumors, and culture of Russia's military and space machine, providing insight into how the scientific community was hostage to politic ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published April 6th 1994 by John Wiley & Sons (first published March 31st 1994)
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Ilya
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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Roald Sagdeev was born in 1932 in Moscow to Tatar Communist parents who named him after the polar explorer Roald Amundsen. When Sagdeev was 4, his family moved to the Tatar Autonomous Republic, which was where he graduated from high school. After that he studied at the Department of Physics of Moscow State University. After graduating, Sagdeev went on to work at the Kurchatov Institute, the Soviet equivalent of Los Alamos, on plasma physics, where he interacted with many famous Soviet scientists ...more
Dennis Boccippio
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sagdeev's autobiography is a warm, enjoyable and surprising window into the history of Soviet science, and indirectly of the Soviet Union itself. Viewing this history from the perspective of a scientist provides an accessibility to the material, and Sagdeev's dry humor keeps it alive.

Most interesting were the chapters on the Soviet (scientific) space program, whose "issues" are remarkably similar to those of the US civil space program, both past and present. Whether in the interplay between aero
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Jopondo
Do u know why we struggle to develop while others match on? follow the steps of how soviets taught science and mathematics to their scientists at the height of the cold war
Slavi
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've read a lot of books about soviet design bureaus, but this one is may be the honest one of them all.
Neville Tirimba Ogoti
Egetabu ekiya kia amang'ana ebiro, gekooroki obobarimo bwarenge ase ense ya USSR chingaki chioboraai bweegekuba abwo kare.
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a great autobiography, a lot of insight stories about the Soviet space program and firsthand experiences with Korolyov, Glushko, Sakharov and the likes.
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Sagdeev provides an illuminary voice to the state of science in the previous Soviet Union and brings a human image to the men and women in science at the time. Remarkably, they were in many ways similar to the scientists of the West, curious and wanting the freedom to pursue scientific goals. Sagdeev also recounts the incredible bureacracy in the Soviet system and the perversion of science, specifically space exploration, for political and military gains that only intensified as the communist 'e ...more
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