AUTHORGorelik, Gennady / Bouis, Antonina W.
TITLEThe World of Andrei Sakharov: A Russian Physicist’s Path to Freedom
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYOxford, England

This biography of Soviet nuclear physicist, Andrei Sakharov, focuses not only on his work and life but on the larger issues, people, and atmosphere of Soviet nuclear science during his career. The book describes the important scientific forerunners of Sakharov in the Soviet Union; Sahkharov’s teachers, Leonid Mandelshtam and Igor Tamm; Sakharov’s scientific education; KGB supervision of Soviet nuclear physics; the Soviet atomic project and the moral issues surrounding it; Soviet espionage; Sakharov’s work on the Soviet hydrogen bomb; and his later work on cosmology. The book also briefly focuses on some non-scientific aspects of Sakharov’s life, such as his family, human rights activism, and efforts toward world peace. In addition, important figures in his life, including Igor Kurchatov, Lev Landau, Pyotr Kapitsa, Lavrenty Beria, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, are discussed. The book contains numerous photographs and a chronology of the major events in Sakharov’s life.

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