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Published: 12 November 2014

880 Pages | 47 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199925193

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Ivan Pavlov

A Russian Life in Science

Daniel P. Todes

  • First scholarly biography of Pavlov in any language
  • Demonstrates 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 methodology
  • Reveals and analyzes in detail Pavlov's conflicted and evolving relationship with the Bolsheviks from 1917-1936
  • Author 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 Bolshevism
  • First 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