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The Inertia of Fear and the Scientific Worldview
The Inertia of Fear and the Scientific Worldview
By Valentin Turchin
Columbia University Press, 1981, 300 pp

A series of short essays in which a former Soviet physicist interested in the philosophy of science and society discourses on history, human rights and socialism. More than a memoir of his own experience and persecution, it makes an original contribution to the understanding of the Soviet system and to the literature of the dissident intelligentsia.