The Lysenko Affair

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 2010 - Science - 474 pages
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The Lysenko affair was perhaps the most bizarre chapter in the history of modern science. For thirty years, until 1965, Soviet genetics was dominated by a fanatical agronomist who achieved dictatorial power over genetics and plant science as well as agronomy.

"A standard source both for Soviet specialists and for sociologists of science."—American Journal of Sociology

"Joravsky has produced . . . the most detailed and authoritative treatment of Lysenko and his view on genetics."—New York Times Book Review
 

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Contents

1 Soviet Ideology as a Problem
1
2 A Crisis of Faith in Science
18
3 Harmless Cranks
39
4 Raising Stalins Hand
63
5 Stalinist SelfDefeat 19361950
97
6 SelfConquest 19501965
144
Science
187
Marxism
228
9 The Criterion of Practice
271
10 Ideologies and Realities
306
Repressed Specialists
317
For the Kremlinologists
329
Bibliography
337
Notes
357
Index
441
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David Joravsky is professor of history at Northwestern University.

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