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Zeldovich
Reminiscences




ISBN 9780415287906
Published June 15, 2004 by CRC Press
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Ya. B. Zeldovich was certainly one of the greatest physicists and cosmologists of the 20th century. This volume presents reminiscences of this exemplary academician, providing biographical and historical insights from colleagues who knew him best. Zeldovich's achievements are outlined, including those in relativistic astrophysics and cosmology, the theory of combustion, and the Soviet atomic and hydrogen bomb projects. It contains incisive commentary on Soviet science and the impact that Zeldovich had on future generations, not only in the former USSR but throughout the international physics community. Zeldovich: Reminiscences is ideal for students of astrophysics and the history of science.

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Ya. B. Zeldovich was certainly one of the greatest physicists and cosmologists of the 20th century. This volume presents reminiscences of this exemplary academician, providing biographical and historical insights from colleagues who knew him best. Zeldovich's achievements are outlined, including those in relativistic astrophysics and cosmology, the theory of combustion, and the Soviet atomic and hydrogen bomb projects. It contains incisive commentary on Soviet science and the impact that Zeldovich had on future generations, not only in the former USSR but throughout the international physics community. Zeldovich: Reminiscences is ideal for students of astrophysics and the history of science.

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Sunyaev, R.A.

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...Zeldovich was a scholar of great fame, but the impression of intellectual greatness came from his ability to perceive scientific problems of major importance, and from the powers with which he would address these problems. This was done, of course, with the associated great confidence provided by continued success. References to him by ex-students (including expatriates in the U.S.) showed an aura of quality and integrity that emanated from him. Even students with limited contact with him would still glow from the experience... - G.J. Wasserburg

...Yakov Borisovich Zeldovich was an exceedingly bright star in the firmament of Soviet and world physics and astrophysics... - V.L. Ginzburg