Science for the Masses: The Bolshevik State, Public Science, by James T. Andrews

By James T. Andrews

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“A ebook like no different in Russian stories. Andrews has made an incredible contribution to our realizing of Russia and where of technology in its culture.”--Loren Graham, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(Loren Graham, Massachusetts Institute of know-how )

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JAMES T. ANDREWS obtained his Ph.D. on the college of Chicago. He has taught as a vacationing professor at a number of educational associations, together with the college of Texas at Austin, and has been affiliated as a senior examine go along with the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of the background of technology and know-how in Moscow and St. Petersburg. He at present is an affiliate professor of recent Russian heritage at Iowa kingdom college in Ames.

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A majority of the Russian people must understand basic scientific concepts. ”29 In her speech Lepneva stated that the museum needed an overhaul in order to serve as a popular-exhibition site. She argued that in America and Western Europe most natural-history museums were both attractive and instructive. ” The director of the Iaroslavl’ museum agreed that the complex should be a place of cultural enlightenment, accessible and useful to all its visitors. With this goal in mind the director had organized a section of comparative anatomy, which gave visitors to the museum a chance to view skeletons of various local animal species.

Professional scientists also worked for the society and wrote articles for its journal. This enabled amateurs and trained scientists to integrate their work, and laymen could be exposed to more sophisticated methods and theories in astronomy. Between 1909, the year of its foundation, and 1916 the society financed its activities primarily through membership dues, revenues from the sales of its publication Mirovedenie, and other sources. In 1909 the society sponsored several popular-scientific lectures for the public in St.

Senkovskii, and its goal was to serve a young, semieducated clientele. The seven-branch program of the journal included sections on science as well as on industry and agriculture. 38 Popular-scientific journals were also published by organizations and scientific societies that had recently been formed. One of those early societies was the St. Petersburg–based Vol’noe obshchestvo liubitelei slovesnosti, nauk i khudozhestv (voluntary society of the lovers of philology, the sciences, and arts), which also established chapters in Khar’kov and Vilnius (1804) and in Kazan’ (1819).

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