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Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life In Science

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First scholarly biography of Pavlov in any languageDemonstrates that Pavlov's research on conditional reflexes was widely misinterpreted during his lifetime and afterwards, and that English-language translations-editions of Pavlov's work were quite misleading about his goals and methodologyReveals and analyzes in detail Pavlov's conflicted and evolving relationship with the Bolsheviks from 1917-1936Author had unique access to many archival sources, including Pavlov's two final manuscripts, which he never published: one radically revised his longstanding view of the place of the conditional reflex in psychology; the other was a psychologically-revealing essay on science, religion, and BolshevismFirst discussion in English (and first systematic analysis anywhere) of Pavlov's relationship to his lover and most important scientific collaborator during the years 1912-1936, Mariia Kapitonovna Petrova

Author: Todes Daniel P.
Pages: 855
ISBN: 9780199925193
Cover: Hardback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2014

Daniel P. Todes is Professor Emeritus of History of Medicine at John Hopkins University. His research concerns the relationship of scientific ideas to the context in which they are generated, and the history of science and medicine in Russia. He is the author of Darwin Without Malthus: The Struggle for Existence in Russian Evolutionary Thought and three previous books about Pavlov: Pavlov's Physiology Factory: Experiment, Interpretation, Laboratory Enterprise; a short biography for young adults: Ivan Pavlov: Exploring the Animal Machine; and the first archive-based scholarly biography in any language, Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science. His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, the International Research and Exchanges Board, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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