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Original Soviet text published without copyright.

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russkij tekst (original Russian text)


edited by
active member
of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR
V.V. Danilevsky

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The Party of Lenin and Stalin continuously directs our attention to the study of the history of the fatherland's technology and science, to the restoration of historic truth about the leading role of Russian scientists and inventors in the realization of the most important discoveries and inventions.

We need this truth to overcome the ever more commonly encountered slavishness and groveling before foreignness, for the nurturing of a powerful Soviet patriotism. We need it as a powerful weapon for the struggle with contemptible cosmopolitanism.

The foundation for the resurrection of this historical truth is to be found in documentary materials about the primacy of sons of our country in the most important discoveries and inventions. These materials are preserved in archives, book depositories, and museums of the Soviet Union.

Soviet scientists have already carried out substantial work for the restoration of the historical truth about the great contribution of the sons of our Motherland to the world treasury of science, technology, and culture. Nevertheless, in comparison with the significance, diversity, power, and depth of that contribution, that which has been done is not nearly enough. And although much has already been written, and still more works on the history of science and technology are in preparation, that contribution is so great, that it is impossible to [describe] it all.

This notebook of research and materials on the history of the fatherland's technology is edited by Professor V. V. Danilevsky, director of the Department of History of Technology at the M. I. Kalinin Polytechnic Institute in Leningrad.

In it are found materials on various branches of technology, to show in various examples to a broad circle of Soviet readers the grandeur and diversity of the fatherland's scientific thought..

In the research of Professor V. V. Danilevsky, active member of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR, are revealed some distinctive elements, characteristic of the creativity of Russian scientists and inventors in pre-revolutionary Russia.

The article of Professor V. P. Vologdin, corresponding member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, largely written from personal recollection, tells of the primacy and leading role of our country in the field of industrial application of high-frequency currents.

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Professor Yu. V. Baimakov, doctor of technical sciences, showed in his article, how the Soviet people, relying on the research of native scientists, created under the leadership of the Party of Lenin and Stalin a first-class Soviet aluminum industry, fully securing the needs of the people's economy with valuable metal.

In the article of K. B. Piotrovsky, candidate of chemical sciences, it is shown that the Soviet Union is the motherland of industrial production of synthetic rubber and plays a leading role in technical progress in that branch of industry.

Documentary materials, brought forward in the article of Professor V. V. Danilevsky and Lecturer I. L. Povkh, show the Russia is the motherland of both motor ship construction and internal-combustion engines, working on heavy fuel with pressure ignition.

Lecturer T. S. Dubrava, candidate of technological sciences, shows in her article, that Professor B. I. Boky, a Russian scientist, was the founder of the analytic method in mining.

In the article of A.M. Bakhrakh, candidate of technical sciences, are brought forth documentary materials, testifying that Academician A. N. Krylov, the famous Russian scientist, was not only a great shipbuilder, but also an outstanding instrument builder, creating original constructions of optical equipment..

In addition, this notebook includes documentary materials about the remarkable inventions of the Russian mechanic A. K. Nartov. Patents, published in the notebook, show that the electric heating lamp is a Russian invention, that Russia is the motherland of the airplane, and that the cracking of oil is a Russian invention.

All these materials, included in the notebook, are intended for the wide circle of Soviet readers, interested in questions of the history of Russian technology.

The publishers ask that all critical observations and requests be sent to the address: Leningrad, Torgovyj pereulok, d. Z., Lenizdat.

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