Education: Physics by Phone

In a nondescript little whitewashed office at Tel Aviv University, the telephone suddenly rings. The 1,600-mile connection to Moscow has been made. At the other end of the line is Physics Professor Mark Azbel, 41, a former department head at Moscow's prestigious Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is on a hunger strike because of the Soviets' refusal to let him emigrate, but over the telephone he now begins in fluent English a lecture for his Israeli students on "An Approach to Macrophysics and Condensed Matter Physics." A tape recorder takes it all...

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