Russian culture and Soviet science.
Galvin, Beulah Clare
Jurika, Stephen, Jr.
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This thesis analyzes the effect of Russian culture and Soviet ideology on Soviet science. Russian culture is shown to inhibit the ability of Soviet scientists to achieve major breakthroughs or develop radically new theories. Culture does, however, enhance the Soviet ability to thoroughly exploit and innovatively apply proven scientific theories and technologies. The Soviet inability to achieve breakthroughs compels their reliance on Western technology. Their proficiency in exploiting proven technologies enables the Soviets to compete effectively with Western military systems. Thomas Kuhn's description of the scientific process is utilized as a framework in this analysis.
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