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P h i l o s o p h y o f S c i e n c e C o l l o q u i u m

Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Room 6.54 (6th floor) Monday 4:00 PM
Pázmány P. sétány 1/A Budapest, Hungary
Phone/Fax: (36-1) 372 2924

PROGRAM

29 September 4:00 PM 6th floor 6.54

K a r l H a l l
Department of History
Central European University, Budapest

Socialist Realist Physics: Lev Landau's Principled Phenomenology

"The electron does not tolerate bureaucratism," senior Soviet physicists
assured their technocratic patrons during Stalin's headlong
industrialization campaign in the late 1920s. Research programs
oriented toward Socialist Construction placed Soviet theoretical
physicists in particular on the defensive. The young theorist Lev
Landau deftly steered between engineering imperatives and the longing
for a unifying mathematical lever to move the world that he blithely
dismissed as "Einsteinkrankheit." His peculiar brand of "Socialist
Realist" physics, forged in the crucible of Stalinist culture,
eventually enabled him to solve the strangest physics problem of his
day: superfluidity in helium.

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The 60-minute lecture is followed by a 10-minute break. Then we hold a
30-60-minute discussion. The participants may comment on the talks and
are encouraged to initiate discussion through the Internet. The
comments should be written in the language of the presentation.

The organizer of the seminar: Miklós Rédei (email:
redei AT hps.elte.hu)

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L a s z l o E. S z a b o
NIAS, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
phone:(31)70 512 2700 fax:(31)70 511 7162 http://www.nias.knaw.nl

on leave from

Theoretical Physics Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Eotvos University, Budapest
http://hps.elte.hu/leszabo




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