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By J. W. Boag,P. E. Rubinin,D. Shoenberg

the bizarre occupation of the recognized Soviet physicist Peter Kapitza used to be divided among Cambridge and Moscow. In Cambridge he used to be a protegé of Rutherford and whereas learning there he spread out a brand new zone of study in magnetism and occasional temperature physics. despite the fact that, in 1934, in the course of a summer time stopover at to the Soviet Union, Kapitza was once avoided from returning to Cambridge and remained in Moscow for the remainder of his lengthy lifestyles. regardless of many ups and downs and huge problems in his family with best political figures within the Kremlin, he endured to augment his medical recognition and past due in existence used to be offered the Nobel Prize.

After an introductory biographical memoir, the larger a part of the ebook contains extracts from the various letters Kapitza wrote all through his existence, letters that are extraordinary via their eloquence, the originality of his critiques and his forthrightness. His very fascinating correspondence with Rutherford and exceptionally his many letters to most sensible political figures within the Soviet Union corresponding to Molotov, Stalin and Khrushchev on questions of clinical and business coverage are all integrated during this certain rfile. jointly they supply a rounded photo of a impressive character who contributed a lot to the medical and cultural lifetime of either England and the Soviet Union.

This interesting publication is illustrated with a magnificent selection of historic images and may be of curiosity to technological know-how historians, to low temperature physicists and to `Sovietologists', yet principally the publication should still entice the final reader for its human curiosity. a few of the letters display his emotional reactions to the most important blows he needed to endure on a number of events, whereas others offer penetrating and infrequently fun reviews on English existence and associations as obvious via a Russian, and on Soviet existence from the inside.

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