Stalin and the Scientists
The Soviet Union’s sciences were the largest and best-funded in history – and were at once the glory and laughing stock of the intellectual world. Simon Ings weaves together what happened when, early in the twentieth century, a handful of impoverished and underemployed graduates, professors and entrepreneurs, collectors and charlatans, bound themselves to a weak and failing government to create a world superpower. He reveals how Stalin’s philosophical obsessions – and his role as the state’s Great Scientist – derailed the Soviet Union’s grand experiment in ‘rational government’.
Image credit: Lydia Nicholas