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The Spirit of Russian Science Hardcover – September 15, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-9810249465 ISBN-10: 9810249462 Edition: 1st

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Michael E Levinshtein was awarded prizes for the best paper of the Ioffe Institute in 1968 to 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977 and 1978, 1980, 1982 to 1984, 1986, 1989; and lastly, in 1995. He was later named the Outstanding Scientist of Russia by State Russian Stipend from 1997 to 2000. He received prizes for the best paper by the Solid State Electronics Division of the Ioffe Institute in 1999 and 2000. He is now the Principal Scientist of the Ioffe Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences.
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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Pub Co Inc; 1st edition (September 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9810249462
  • ISBN-13: 978-9810249465
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,842,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maia Solovieva on October 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The author of the book writes in his introduction that "The Sprit of Russian Science"
charms him by the of certain atmosphere, the style of relationships between the people.
After reading "The Sprit of Russian Science", like any other good prose, there comes a need of a dialogue with an author. You need to pinpoint all the features of intangible spirit that was so well portrayed in the book. You unavoidably see the author as a human being with great deal of will power, enormous ability to survive and rather significant influence on people.
"The Spirit..." is ironic and wise, cynical and sentimental, rather optimistic and at the same time soaked in all the troubles of modern reality. And after all, it's not that important whom the turns pout to resemble: Baron Munchauzen, Tile Ulenshpigel, brave soldier Shveyka or Jvanetsky's lyric hero? "The Spirit..." isn't "teachy" or "preachy", he doesn't require adoration, and that is why so many a time my hand seeks the book, and doesn't get tired of discovering and rediscovering it.
I think that the power and the charm of "The Spirit..." are only in its appearance, but in its inside all-sufficient that is so powerful that it energizes anybody who touches it one way or the other.
Being employed as an instructor of Russian Linguistics in Technical University (Taganrog Radiotechnical State University), I always appreciated the charming atmosphere of professionalism and genuine humor that our instructors-physicists created. Most of them in their forties or fifties, they have attended Moscow, Rostov and other state academic institutions all over the Russia, their souls have obviously drunk that fairy tale liquor that has "The Spirit...".
It's seems as if "The Spirit...
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By A Customer on October 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I finished the "The Spirit of Russian Science" by Prof. M.E.Levinshtein in one day.
I was sick, had a bit of a fever and could not do much. So I got "The Spirit" to get some distraction. And distraction I got! I started to smile from the very first page and constantly called my husband to come to my room so I could read out loud to him and laugh with him again. I could not stop either reading or smiling and often laughing until the very end of the book.
It is a great book about people who create, practice and breathe Science every day of their lives. It is also about how they live, work and manage to have a lot of fun regardless of poor living conditions.
Lots of my friends have borrowed "The Spirit", I actually had a waiting list at one point, and the comments were always most favorable with a request to keep it another day or two for a husband/wife to finish.
I am delighted "The Spirit" is published in English and am getting several copies for my friends. The publication of this book in English has solved, at least for a while, a problem with Christmas/New Year, end of school year and birthday presents.
Enjoy the book,
Lara Yendler
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By Irina Semenova on October 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My name is Irina Semenova, I'm a scientific fellow at the Ioffe Physical Technical Institute in St.Petersburg, Russia.
Recently I had a great pleasure reading a book "The Spirit of Russian Science" by Michael Levinshtein. To my mind it is one of the best books of this kind.
The author has a good sense of humor and ability to notice such small but very important things as glances, comments, gestures etc. which bring all the spices to human relations and communications.
Unfortunately nowadays people are so busy with an enormous amount of urgent everyday things that the ones who have a potential ability to write something similar don't have time to do or even think about doing that. Although such a book gives a chance to stop in the everyday race for a little while and think
what is really important in life and what is not.

I am absolutely sure the book will be very successful and gone very quickly.
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