Aleksandr Porfir’evich Borodin: A Chemist’s Biography by N. A. Figurovskii, Yu. I. Solov’ev (auth.)

By N. A. Figurovskii, Yu. I. Solov’ev (auth.)

A complete century has handed because the surprising and tragically untimely death of Aleksandr Porfir'evich Borodin in 1887 on the age of fifty three, whilst he was once following with exceptional luck the disparate careers of musician, composer, natural chemist, and pioneer in women's scientific schooling. As a different determine one of the striking workforce of geniuses who without notice seemed in Russia in the course of the final century and explosively propelled that state into the mainstream of worldwide tradition within the arts, humanities, and sciences, it may possibly were anticipated that Borodin was once the item of a lot study. there's no doubt that the Russian contribution to the superb improvement of structural chemistry within the final century has tended to be underplayed, whereas that during the remainder of Europe has bought even more realization. One wonders, particularly, even if Borodin's identify would possibly not have seemed within the chemical pantheon, as have these of Mendeleev, Markovnikov, Menshutkin, and plenty of different Russians, if the aldol condensation, which he used to be the 1st to find and examine, have been named the Borodin condensation. Straightening out the list is necessary; Figurovskii and Solov'ev's biography does a lot during this admire. simply as meritorious were the scholarly and exhaustive efforts of Professors Charlene Steinberg and George B. Kauffman, who've made the Russian textual content available to the Western international of their actual and engrossing translation.

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Coming to the trio, he muttered through his teeth, "Look, this is oriental," and I was terribly amazed by the experimental music which was unprecedented and new to me. I do not say that it especially pleased me to begin with; rather it puzzled me by its novelty. I admit that his statement that he wanted to devote himself to serious music was met by me with distrust at first, and it appeared to be a bit of bragging; inwardly I chuckled a little at him. 27 Mussorgsky's statement about his desire to devote himself completely to music made a great impression on Borodin.

After the Congress Zinin returned to Russia and Mendeleev and Borodin to Heidelberg. In October Borodin decided to go to Italy with Mendeleev. In a letter to his mother Borodin relates: 40 5.

Zinin, Mendeleev, Borodin, Savich, [Leon Nikolaevich] Shishkov, Lesinskii, and [Yakub] Natanson represented Russia. Footootes to Chapter 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 See Appendix I. - A. Pis'mo-nakaz Zinina doktoru Borodinu (Letter of Instructions by Zinin to Doctor Borodin), November 13, 1859, Sheet 21, Military-Historical Archives of the USSR in Leningrad. It is published here for the first time. See Appendix II. -- A. For example, Mendeleev was able to equip his own laboratory, although small, with his mission money.

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