Science: Dull or Concealed Dreams

The editor of Moscow's Komsomolskaya Pravda (Truth of Communist Youth, or "Pravda Jr.") called two reporters into his office. Said he: "Set all your current work aside and take an assignment into the 21st century." So the reporters, Sergei Gushchev and Mikhail Vasiliev, interviewed 29 Soviet scientists and wrote a Communist book, obviously meant as a major Soviet showcase: Russian Science in the 21st Century. Now published in the U.S. by McGraw-Hill, the book offers a glimpse at the little-known world of Soviet science. And an unexciting world it seems.

As required by Soviet protocol, the first scientist Gushchev and Vasiliev interviewed...

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