Lonely ideas : can Russia compete? / Loren Graham.

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press [2013]
Physical description
xi, 204 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • 9780262019798 (hardcover : alkaline paper)
  • 0262019795 (hardcover : alkaline paper)
  • I. The problem: why can't Russia, after three centuries of trying, modernize? The early arms industry: early achievement, later slump -- Railroads: promise and distortion -- The electrical industry: failed inventors of the nineteenth century -- Aviation: a frustrated master, a deformed industry -- Soviet industrialization: the myth that it was modernization -- The semiconductor industry: unheralded and unrewarded Russian pioneers -- Genetics and biotechnology: the missed revolution -- Computers: victory and failure -- Lasers: genius and missed opportunities -- The exceptions and what they prove: software, space, nuclear power -- II. What are the causes of the problem? The attitudinal question -- The political order -- Social barriers -- The legal system -- Economic factors -- Corruption and crime -- The organization of education and research -- III. Can Russia overcome its problem today? Russia's unique opportunity. Creating new foundations and research universities -- RUSNANO (nanotechnology) and Skolkovo (a new technology city) -- How Russia could break out of its three-centuries-old trap.
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