Science in the New Russia: Crisis, Aid, Reform

Science in the New Russia: Crisis, Aid, Reform

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By (author) Loren R. Graham, By (author) Irina Dezhina

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 234mm x 15mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253219884
  • ISBN 13: 9780253219886
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 1,108,507

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The Russian science establishment was one of the largest in the world, boasting many Nobel prizes, a world-leading space programme, and famous schools in mathematics, physics, and other fields. However, when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the major financial supports for the scientific community were eliminated, with a resulting 'brain drain.' The subsequent expansion of capitalism and globalization revealed that Russian science was ill adapted to compete with other countries in high technology. "Science in the New Russia" tells the dramatic story of the near collapse of Russian science in the mid-1990s and of subsequent domestic and international efforts to reform and re-energize scientific activity in Russia.

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Loren Graham, author of Moscow Stories (IUP, 2006), is a well-known historian of science who taught for many years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. He is the author of many books on the history of Soviet science. Irina Dezhina is Leading Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Moscow, and the author of many works on post-Soviet politics and society (in Russian).

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"A thoroughly researched, carefully reasoned analysis of an important subject ... The authors have a sure sense of how science functions both in Russia and in various advanced Western countries... an important study." Bruce Parrott, Johns Hopkins University

Table of contents

Introduction; I Science at the End of the Soviet Period; II Breakup of the Soviet Union and Crisis in Russian Science; III Major Directions of Reforms in Russian Science; IV Foundations: A Novelty in Russian Science; V Developing a Commercial Culture for Russian Science; VI International Support of Russian Science: History and Evolution; VII Strengthening Research in Russian Universities: An American and Russian Cooperative Effort; VIII Impact of International Activities in Russian Science; IX Conclusions;