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Stalin and the Scientists

Simon Ings

From acclaimed SF and non-fiction author Simon Ings comes a fascinating secret history of Soviet science.

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£12.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571290086
Date Published
04.05.2017
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Summary

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION

War-torn, unstable and virtually bankrupt, revolutionary Russia tried to light its way to the future with the fitful glow of science. It succeeded through terror, folly and crime – but also through courage, imagination and even genius. Stalin believed that science should serve the state and with many disciplines having virtually unlimited funds, by the time of his death in 1953, the Soviet Union boasted the largest and best-funded scientific establishment in history – at once the glory and the laughing stock of the intellectual world. The human cost of this peculiar marriage between the state and its scientists was horrendous, yet, in Stalin and the Scientists, Simon Ings makes clear what Soviet science has done for us.

Critic Reviews

‘Endlessly entertaining . . . lively, dramatic, intriguing and often very funny.’

The Times
Critic Reviews

‘One of the finest, most gripping surveys of the history of Russia science in the twentieth century . . . A fascinating work that both inspires and terrifies.’

Douglas Smith, author of Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy
Critic Reviews

‘Fascinating . . . Well researched and written in a lively and engaging style, it grips like a good novel.’

Sunday Business Post
Critic Reviews

‘A dazzling, often astonishing prism through which to view the Soviet experiment.’

Peter Pomerantsev
SimonIngs

Simon Ings began his career writing science fiction stories, novels and films, before widening his brief to explore perception (The Eye), 20th-century radical politics (The Weight of Numbers), the shipping system (Dead Water) and augmented reality (Wolves). He co-founded and edited Arc magazine, a digital publication about the future, before joining New Scientist as its arts editor. Out of the…

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