by Gennady Gorelik

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Hessen's explanation and the Needham question, or How Marxism helped to put an important question but hindered answering it (pdf, in Russian ) // Epistemology & Philosophy of Science 2018, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 153–171


M Bronstein Solar Matter etc 2017

Matvei Bronstein. [Solar matter and other stories.
Life and Fate of Matvei Bronstein and Lydia Chukovskaya]

/ G. Gorelik, ed. Moscow, AST/CORPUS, 2017

Matvei Bronstein and quantum gravity. Aracne, 2017




A Galilean Answer to the Needham Question // Philosophia Scientiæ 2017, 21(1), 93–110
(The unabridged version of the article)




Vitaly Ginzburg. Letters to the Sweetheart.  Moscow: Vremya, 2016 (Ed. G. Gorelik)

A few good reasons to celebrate Galileo’s jubilee
Polish translation

The Needham Question and “Well-Ordered Science”. Letter to the Editor // Isis, Vol. 105, No. 2 (June 2014), pp. 398-399.
Polish translation




Andrej Sacharow: Ein Leben Fur Wissenschaft Und Freiheit
(Translated by Helmut Rotter), Birkhauser, 2013.

Who invented modern physics? (from Galileo's pendulum to Quantum Gravity)
Moscow:  AST/CORPUS, 2013

How the Modern Physics was invented in the 17th century // Scientific American

In illusory worlds of Andrei Sakharov, Edward Teller, and Klaus Fuchs // Wissenschaftliche Konferenz "Zum Gedenken an Klaus Fuchs: Vom atomaren Patt zu einer von Atomwaffen freien Welt", 25-26 November 2011, Berlin

Matvei Petrovich Bronstein and Soviet Theoretical Physics in the Thirties, Modern Birkhäuser Classics, Springer Basel AG, 2011 (reprinted as an e-book)

The Riddle of the Third Idea: How Did the Soviets Build a Thermonuclear Bomb So Suspiciously Fast?
// Scientific American

Why Is Quantum Gravity So Hard? And Why Did Stalin Execute the Man Who Pioneered the Subject?  (on Matvei Bronstein) // Scientific American




[Andrei Sakharov: Science and Freedom]

 Moscow,  2010

[The Soviet Life of Lev Landau in eyewitness accounts], Moscow, 2009 

[The Soviet Life of Lev Landau]

Moscow, 2008


Bremermann's Limit and cGh-physics // arXiv:0910.3424v2 [gr-qc]

The Paternity of the H-Bombs: Soviet-American Perspectives // Physics in Perspective, June, 2009, p. 169-197

Andrei Sakharov // New dictionary of scientific biography / Noretta Koertge, ed. Detroit : Charles Scribner's Sons/Thomson Gale, 2008.

Matvei Bronstein and quantum gravity: 70th anniversary of the unsolved problem  // Physics-Uspekhi 2005, vol 48, no 10, pp. 1039-1053 (pdf)

Andrei Sakharov// Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics. Ed. C. Mitcham. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005.



Web presentations

The Paternity of the H-Bombs: Soviet-American Perspectives


Matvei BRONSTEIN: born 1906, arrested 1937, executed 1938


Andrei SAKHAROV: Photo-Chronology


Andrei SAKHAROV: Soviet Physics, Nuclear Weapons, and Human Rights






Stirrings of Religion in the Soviet H-bomb Lab // Center for History of Physics Newsletter, AIP, Spring 2003

Andrei Sakharov and Edward Teller // The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science. Ed. J. L. Heilbron. Oxford University Press, 2003.

The Problem of Conservation Laws and the Poincare Quasigroup in General Relativity// Einstein Studies in Russia. [Einstein Studies, Vol. 10.] Eds. Yu. Balashov, V. Vizgin. Boston:  Birkhaeuser, 2002. P. 17-43.

Hermann Weyl and Large Numbers in Relativistic Cosmology // Einstein Studies in Russia. [Einstein Studies, Vol. 10.] Eds. Yu. Balashov, V. Vizgin. Boston:  Birkhaeuser, 2002. P. 91-106.

The Metamorphosis of Andrei Sakharov // Scientific American, 1999, March, p.98-101

[text only in: The Science of War: Nuclear History. Scientific American Special Issue July 2002]


The Top Secret life of Lev Landau //