Leaving Akademgorodok

A city in itself The Russian word Akademgorodok is decomposed into three parts: Akadem for academic or academics, gorod for city, and a suffix ok for small. This city for academics, with more than thirty scientific institutes and housing for scientists, was founded in 1957 near Novosibirsk, following the initiative of three academicians: Mikhail Lavrentiev,… Continue reading Leaving Akademgorodok

Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics

A rainy morning of July, we visit the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics in Novosibirsk Akademgorodok with Galina Lazareva. Galina knows this place like home — her father, a nuclear physicist, worked here, and today she is a collaborator of the Institute herself. Iron scraps and particle physics Our guide through the Institute is a young… Continue reading Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics

Young girls education

Choosing mathematics Since her youngest age, Tatiana has been interested in literature. She read and learned poetry by heart, and composed it herself. After school, she announced to her parents that she wanted to enter the philological faculty of Irkutsk State University. They strongly disagreed with this decision.  Her mother (a mathematician) said: “Only through… Continue reading Young girls education

Just as a mathematician

A building in the center Beautiful two-story building in the center of Khabarovsk, made of red and grey bricks, like many historical houses of the beginning of the last century. Inside, on the floors, sofas, chairs — cardboard boxes with books on number theory, plane geometry and analysis. In less than two months, the research… Continue reading Just as a mathematician