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Author Khalatnikov, I. M. (Isaak Markovich), author.

Title From the atomic bomb to the Landau Institute : autobiography, top non-secret / Isaak M. Khalatnikov
Published Heidelberg [Germany] ; New York : Springer, ©2012


Description 1 online resource (xii, 214 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents The beginning -- The war -- The superproblem at the institute for Physical Problems -- My teacher -- The Institute -- A window to the world -- The days of our lives, or, Unserious memoirs of my friends -- In the contemporary context
Summary The book is an expanded autobiography of the famous theoretical physicist Isaak Khalatnikov. He worked together with L.D. Landau at the Institute for Physical Problems lead by P.L. Kapitza. He is the co-author of L.D. Landau in a number of important works. They worked together in the frame of the so-called Nuclear Bomb Project. After the death of L.D. Landau, I.M. Khalatnikov initiated the establishment of the Institute for Theoretical Physics, named in honour of L.D. Landau, within the USSR Academy of Sciences. He headed this institute from the beginning as its Director. The institute inherited almost all traditions of the Landau scientific school and played a prominent role in the development of theoretical physics. So, this is a story about how the institute was created, how it worked, and about the life of the physicists in the 'golden age' of the Soviet science. A separate chapter is devoted to today's life of the institute and the young generation of physicists working now in science. It is an historically interesting book on the development of Soviet and Russian science and presents the background of the Soviet nuclear bomb program in the cold war age. In war times, Khalatnikov was a chief of the military staff of nuclear research. He writes about the internal conditions of Soviet society, the way of operating of the Soviet authorities and ways for scientists to interact with them. It gives many interesting insights into the development of superconductivity and superfluidity. The book is written by the most experienced and best informed person among the few living Russian scientists in the environment of Landau. Many stories of the book were never published before and considered as 'top secret'
Analysis Physics
Nuclear fusion
History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics
Physics, general
Strongly Correlated Systems, Superconductivity
Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory
Notes Translated from the Russian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Khalatnikov, I. M. (Isaak Markovich)
Khalatnikov, I. M. (Isaak Markovich) -- Friends and associates
Khalatnikov, I. M. (Isaak Markovich)
Institut teoreticheskoń≠ fiziki im. L.D. Landau -- History
Physicists -- Russia (Federation) -- Biography
Physics -- Russia (Federation) -- History -- 20th century
SCIENCE -- Energy.
SCIENCE -- Mechanics -- General.
SCIENCE -- Physics -- General.
Russia (Federation)
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783642275616
Other Titles Dau, Kentavr i drugie. English
Autobiography, top non-secret