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Kapitza in Cambridge & Moscow: Life & Letters of a Russian Physicist

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Peter Kapitza (1894-1984; awarded the Nobel Prize in 1978) was so much "bigger than life", possessed so much force of personality and was at the same time so capable and productive that it is hardly surprising that he contributed to the vitality of English physics (he was active at Cambridge University from 1921 to 1934) almost as much as he contributed to the vitality of Soviet physics. To many of us he has been familiar mainly as a figure who looms large (and is spoken of invariably so warmly) in the biographies of others--of Rutherford, of Cockcroft, of Landau. Here you can meet the man himself. The volume provides an 84-page biographical sketch (by D. Shoenberg, a long-time associate) and a generous selection from Kapitza's letters to his mother, to his wife, to Rutherford and other colleagues, to various Soviet officials (Molotov, Stalin, Andropov). Text illustrated by eighty interesting photos. (NW)
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"Sources and previous publications of Kapitza's letters": p. viii-ix.

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(life and letters of a Russian physicist )
North-Holland ;
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Physicists -- Soviet Union -- Correspondence.
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