Lessons and Legacies

in A Martian Stranded on Earth

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226454122
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226454146 | DOI:
Lessons and Legacies

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This chapter examines the multiple legacies Alexander Bogdanov bequeathed to Soviet science. It highlights the importance of his proletarian science in providing foundation for much of Soviet science policy for years to come. This chapter argues that Bogdanov was truly a singular phenomenon very much like the “Martian stranded on Earth” identity he used to disguise himself in one of his poems. It also suggests that Bogdanov's life story puts into sharp relief the particularities of the interplay among the three revolutions that shaped the development of biomedical sciences in interwar Russia.

Keywords: Alexander Bogdanov; Soviet science; proletarian science; Martian stranded on Earth; revolutions; biomedical sciences; Russia

Chapter.  6030 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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