In 1961, the author was the first American scientist to spend a significant amount of time in laboratories in the Soviet Union since the end of World War II. The book provides a chilling account of how Soviet nationalism and the political theories of Marxist-Leninism and dialectical materialism were used to terminate research programs, to condemn and exile scientists, and to isolate Soviet science from advances being made in the West. The inclusion of biographies of eminent scientists like Jerzy Konorski, Alexander Luria, Ivan Beritashvilli, among others who were persecuted during this period, adds greatly to the story. The book also provides a first hand account of how, after his death, Pavlov’s theories about conditioning and the brain were used to condemn any scientists who proposed revisions or corrections of the prevailing orthodoxy. Time spent in East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Poland enabled the author to learn how Eastern European science had been controlled by the Soviet Union. Throughout the book, the author intersperses many personal experiences that reveal what life was like for the average person in the countries he visited. Any one concerned with political influence over science must read this book.
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Book Description CreateSpace, Lexington, Ky., 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: As new. xvii + 145 pp. book. Bookseller Inventory # 32115