Trudy M. V. Lomonosova po Fisike i Chimii


M. V. LOMONOSOV (1711–1765), the first Russian man of science, has often been described by his fellow-countrymen as a 'Samo-rodok', a word meaning 'nugget'. This translation, however, does not convey quite the meaning which Russians attach to 'Samorodok'. It actually conveys something "of a spontaneous nature coming to life without an external incitement". To realize what an exceptional man Lomonosov was, one has only to refer to the history of the Russia of two centuries ago. Peter the Great was putting the finishing touches to gigantic reforms and "hacking the window" in the wall surrounding dark Russia. One of the new institutions established by the Tsar was the Academy of Sciences, in which Lomonosov was to lay the foundation stone of Russian experimental science.

Trudy M. V. Lomonosova po Fisike i Chimii

By B. N. Menshutkin. Pp. 537 + 5 plates, (Moscow and Leningrad: Izdatelstvo Akademii Nauk SSSR, 1936.) 13 rub. (In Russian.)

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IVANOFF, S. Trudy M. V. Lomonosova po Fisike i Chimii. Nature 140, 784–785 (1937).

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