Science: Inside Soviet Science: Birth of a New Age?

Until recent years, the inner workings of Soviet scientific institutions have been glimpsed by only a few privileged visitors from the West. Now as part of the partial thaw in U.S.-Soviet relations, several American science writers, including TIME'S Fred Golden, have been taken on a conducted tour of leading Soviet research centers, from Moscow to Leningrad to Novosibirsk in western Siberia, and allowed to speak with scores of top scientists. Golden's report:

American scientists have good reason to be envious. Even though the Soviet Union is in theory a classless society, Soviet scientists are...

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