Leonid Isaakovich Mandelstam

Research, Teaching, Life

  • Alexander Pechenkin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
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  14. Back Matter
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About this book


This biography of the famous Soviet physicist Leonid Isaakovich Mandelstam (1889-1944), who became a Professor at Moscow State University in 1925, describes his contributions to both physics and technology, as well as discussing the scientific community which formed around him, usually called the Mandelstam school. Mandelstam’s life story is thereby placed in its proper cultural context. The following more general issues are taken under consideration: the impact of German scientific culture on Russian science; the problems and fates of Russian intellectuals during the revolutionary and post-revolutionary years; the formation of the Soviet Academy of Sciences; and transformation of the system of higher education in the USSR during the 1920's and 1930's.The author shows that Mandelstam’s fundamental writings and his lectures notes allow to reconstruct his philosophy of science and his approach to the social and ethical functions of science and science education. That reconstruction is enhanced through extensive use of hitherto unpublished archival material as well as the transcripts of personal interviews conducted by the author.


Combinatorial Scattering of Light Mandelstam School Mandelstam and Tamm Mandelstam's Life Story Operationalism for Classical Physics Radio Engineering Raman Effect Scientific Biography of Mandelstam Social and Ethical Functions of Science Theory of Oscillations

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexander Pechenkin
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of PhilosophyLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-00571-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-00572-0
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