By Alexei B Kojevnikov
World-class technological know-how and know-how constructed within the Soviet Union in the course of Stalin's dictatorial rule below stipulations of political violence, loss of overseas contacts, and serious regulations at the freedom of knowledge. Stalin's nice technology: the days and Adventures of Soviet Physicists is a useful publication that investigates this paradoxical good fortune through following the lives and paintings of Soviet scientists - together with Nobel Prize-winning physicists Kapitza, Landau, and others - through the turmoil of wars, revolutions, and repression that characterised the 1st half Russia's 20th century. The ebook examines how scientists operated in the Soviet political order, communicated with Stalinist politicians, equipped a brand new procedure of study associations, and performed groundbreaking study lower than striking situations. a few of their novel clinical principles and theories mirrored the effect of Soviet ideology and worldview and feature in view that develop into authorized universally as basic innovations of latest technological know-how. within the strategy of making experience of the achievements of Soviet technological know-how, the ebook dismantles normal assumptions in regards to the interplay among technology, politics, and beliefs, in addition to many dominant stereotypes - ordinarily inherited from the chilly battle - approximately Soviet heritage more often than not. technological know-how and expertise weren't simply granted extraordinary value in Soviet society, yet additionally they exerted a very important formative effect at the Soviet political procedure itself. not like so much past reviews, Stalin's nice technological know-how acknowledges the prestige of technological know-how as an important portion of the Soviet polity and explores the character of a distinct dating among specialists (scientists and engineers) and communist politicians that enabled the preliminary upward push of the Soviet nation and its mature accomplishments, until eventually the pact eroded in later years, undermining the communist regime from inside of.