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Gordin, Michael D.

Works: 56 works in 222 publications in 3 languages and 9,011 library holdings
Genres: History  Educational films  Internet videos  Biography  Children's films  Juvenile works  Nonfiction films  Educational television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Periodicals 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Speaker, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: QD22.M43, 540.92
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Most widely held works about Michael D Gordin
Most widely held works by Michael D Gordin
Utopia/dystopia : conditions of historical possibility( )

16 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The concepts of utopia and dystopia have received much historical attention. Utopias have traditionally signified the ideal future: large-scale social, political, ethical, and religious spaces that have yet to be realized. This title offers a fresh approach to these ideas
Five days in August : how World War II became a nuclear war by Michael D Gordin( Book )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most Americans believe that the Second World War ended because the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan forced it to surrender. Five Days in August presents a different interpretation: that the military did not clearly understand the atomic bomb's revolutionary strategic potential, that the Allies were almost as stunned by the surrender as the Japanese were by the attack, and that not only had experts planned and fully anticipated the need for a third bomb, they were skeptical about whether the atomic bomb would work at all. With these ideas, Michael Gordin reorients the historical and contemporary conversation about the A-bomb and World War II."--Jacket
A well-ordered thing : Dmitrii Mendeleev and the shadow of the periodic table by Michael D Gordin( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2018 in English and held by 1,219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When a young Dmitrii Mendeleev drafted the Periodic Table of Elements as a guide for his chemistry students at St. Petersburg University, he already had dreams of building a unified scientific empire in his home of Russia, with a place for himself in the limelight." "That the Periodic Table predicted the existence of three unknown elements and became the framework for modern chemistry helped Mendeleev's cause; it gave him a platform for social change and sensationalism. When he battled the emergence of Spiritualism in Russia, playing the skeptical foil in the seances he attended, newspapers across St. Petersburg paid attention. When he ventured into the sky as the novice pilot of a hot-air balloon, it made meteorology noteworthy in Russia. His attempts to distill a pure "ether" from the earth's atmosphere were similarly brave, but that chemical prophecy turned out to be less inspired." "Mendeleev's relationship with the Russian establishment was equally turbulent. He was advisor to the Tsar, vitriolic proponent of protectionism, and he later introduced the metric system to the Russian Empire. But his dramatic rejection at the hands of the Russian Academy of Sciences sent him into a tailspin that saw him spend his later years clawing to hold onto the reputation he established in his youth, while trying to reinvent himself as a scientific legend, a Siberian Isaac Newton. Mendeleev was a loyal subject of the Tsar, but he was also a maverick who thought that only an outsider could perfect a modern Russia. He wanted to remake Russia just as he had remade chemistry, and his successes - and his failures - were significant."--Jacket
Red cloud at dawn : Truman, Stalin, and the end of the atomic monopoly by Michael D Gordin( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the use of newly opened archives, "Red Cloud at Dawn" focuses on the extraordinary story of First Lightning--the first Soviet test bomb detonated in 1949--to provide a fresh understanding of the origins of the nuclear arms race, as well as the all-too-urgent problem of proliferation
The pseudoscience wars : Immanuel Velikovsky and the birth of the modern fringe by Michael D Gordin( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Properly analyzed, the collective mythological and religious writings of humanity reveal that around 1500 BC, a comet swept perilously close to Earth, triggering widespread natural disasters and threatening the destruction of all life before settling into solar orbit as Venus, our nearest planetary neighbor. Sound implausible? Well, from 1950 until the late 1970s, a huge number of people begged to differ, as they devoured Immanuel Velikovsky's major best-seller, Worlds in Collision, insisting that perhaps this polymathic thinker held the key to a new science and a new history. Scientists, on the other hand, assaulted Velikovsky's book, his followers, and his press mercilessly from the get-go. In The Pseudoscience Wars, Michael D. Gordin resurrects the largely forgotten figure of Velikovsky and uses his strange career and surprisingly influential writings to explore the changing definitions of the line that separates legitimate scientific inquiry from what is deemed bunk, and to show how vital this question remains to us today. Drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished material from Velikovsky's personal archives, Gordin presents a behind-the-scenes history of the writer's career, from his initial burst of success through his growing influence on the counterculture, heated public battles with such luminaries as Carl Sagan, and eventual eclipse. Along the way, he offers fascinating glimpses into the histories and effects of other fringe doctrines, including creationism, Lysenkoism, parapsychology, and more -- all of which have surprising connections to Velikovsky's theories. Science today is hardly universally secure, and scientists seem themselves beset by critics, denialists, and those they label "pseudoscientists"--As seen all too clearly in battles over evolution and climate change. The Pseudoscience Wars simultaneously reveals the surprising Cold War roots of our contemporary dilemma and points readers to a different approach to drawing the line between knowledge and nonsense. - Publisher
Scientific Babel : how science was done before and after global English by Michael D Gordin( Book )

29 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"English is the language of science today. No matter which languages you know, if you want your work seen, studied, and cited, you need to publish in English. But that hasn't always been the case. Though there was a time when Latin dominated the field, for centuries science has been a polyglot enterprise, conducted in a number of languages whose importance waxed and waned over time-until the rise of English in the twentieth century. So how did we get from there to here? How did French, German, Latin, Russian, and even Esperanto give way to English? And what can we reconstruct of the experience of doing science in the polyglot past? With Scientific Babel, Michael D. Gordin resurrects that lost world, in part through an ingenious mechanism: the pages of his highly readable narrative account teem with footnotes-not offering background information, but presenting quoted material in its original language. The result is stunning: as we read about the rise and fall of languages, driven by politics, war, economics, and institutions, we actually see it happen in the ever-changing web of multilingual examples. The history of science, and of English as its dominant language, comes to life, and brings with it a new understanding not only of the frictions generated by a scientific community that spoke in many often mutually unintelligible voices, but also of the possibilities of the polyglot, and the losses that the dominance of English entails. Few historians of science write as well as Gordin, and Scientific Babel reveals his incredible command of the literature, language, and intellectual essence of science past and present. No reader who takes this linguistic journey with him will be disappointed"--The publisher
How reason almost lost its mind : the strange career of Cold War rationality by Paul Erickson( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the publisher. In the United States at the height of the Cold War, roughly between the end of World War II and the early 1980s, a new project of redefining rationality commanded the attention of sharp minds, powerful politicians, wealthy foundations, and top military brass. Its home was the human sciences -- psychology, sociology, political science, and economics, among others -- and its participants enlisted in an intellectual campaign to figure out what rationality should mean and how it could be deployed. How Reason Almost Lost Its Mind brings to life the people -- Herbert Simon, Oskar Morgenstern, Herman Kahn, Anatol Rapoport, Thomas Schelling, and many others -- and places, including the RAND Corporation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Cowles Commission for Research and Economics, and the Council on Foreign Relations, that played a key role in putting forth a "Cold War rationality." Decision makers harnessed this picture of rationality -- optimizing, formal, algorithmic, and mechanical -- in their quest to understand phenomena as diverse as economic transactions, biological evolution, political elections, international relations, and military strategy. The authors chronicle and illuminate what it meant to be rational in the age of nuclear brinkmanship
Chemical reactions by Loretta Jones( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What do fireworks, a fried egg, and a rusting truck have in common? They all involve chemical reactions. This program illustrates the mechanics of chemical reactions in five sections: Chemical Reactions (reactants and products, state changes, diatomic elements and molecules, Law of Conservation of Mass); Chemical Bonding (Octet Rule, ionic and covalent bonds); Types of Chemical Reactions (synthesis and decomposition reactions, single and double displacement reactions, acid/base reactions, exothermic and endothermic reactions); Reaction Rates (moles, kinetic energy, solutes and solvents, catalysts, activators and inhibitors, enzymes); and Reactions All Around Us (photosynthesis and chemosynthesis, autotrophs and photoautotrophs, bioluminescence)
Metals by Colin Nobbs( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the periodic table, three-quarters of all the elements are classified as one sort of metal or another. Divided into five sections, this program provides a thorough overview of metals: Metals in Our World (includes iron, lithium, magnesium, mercury, potassium, silver, sodium, uranium, zinc); Alkali Metals (history and properties of lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, cesium, francium); Alkaline Earth Metals (history and properties of beryllium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, barium, radium); Transition Metals (properties of iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, silver, gold, zinc, cadmium, mercury); and Metals and Chemical Reactions (exothermic and endothermic reactions, oxidation and combustion reactions, acid/base reactions)
Science and society : the history of modern physical science in the twentieth century( Book )

31 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 2002
Intelligentsia science : the Russian century, 1860-1960( Book )

13 editions published in 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the transformations in science in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union, from serfdom to Sputnik, as a series of developments in Russian culture. The contributors argue that it was the generation of the 1860s that transformed intelligentsia into a central notion of Russian popular discourse, cementing its association with revolutionary politics - and with science. Science became the cornerstone of the intelligentsia's ideological and political projects, either as an alternative to socialism, or more often as its nominal raison d'etre. The Russian century may in fact be over, but the interrelation of the intelligentsia and science to form intelligentsia science proves enduring
Atoms, molecules, and compounds( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All matter in the observable universe is made up of atoms, molecules, and compounds. This program introduces these minuscule building blocks in five sections: The Nucleus (protons and neutrons, energy shells, binding energy, fission and fusion); The Electrons (quantum numbers, spdf orbitals); The Elements (periodic table, valence electrons, ions and ionization energy, electronegativity, covalent and ionic bonds); The Energy of Atoms (exothermic and endothermic reactions, spontaneous reactions, Gibbs free energy, activation energy, catalysts); and Common Compounds (properties of sodium chloride and water, polarity)
Periodic table( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The millions of different substances that make up the world can be reduced to a comparatively small number of chemical elements. These, arranged in order of their atomic number, form the Periodic Table. This program from the BBC archives provides a comprehensive overview of the development of the table. It discusses the work of John Dalton, Johann Dobereiner, and John Newland, and the creation of the first table by Dmitri Mendeleyev in the late 19th century. Later refinements by Henry Moseley, and the 1950s discovery of the artificial element 93 by Edwin MacMillan, are also discussed. The evolution of the table over the past two centuries is clearly and cleverly illustrated through computer animation and song
States of matter( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program scrutinizes the concept of phase transitions-from naturally occurring changes in state to those created in laboratories-in five sections: Solids, Liquids, and Gases (properties of molecules in different states; hydrogen bonds, dipole-dipole forces, dispersion forces; effects of temperature, pressure, and volume on atomic and molecular movement; Ideal Gas Law); Evaporation and Condensation (intermolecular forces, boiling/condensing point, endothermic reactions); Melting and Freezing (melting/freezing point, ionic and covalent bonds, cations and anions); Sublimation and Deposition (triple points and phase diagrams); and Other States of Matter (plasma, liquid crystals, Bose-Einstein condensates, superfluids and supersolids)
Science and society : the history of modern physical science in the twentieth century( )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 2002
Darwinismus und/als Ideologie( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in German and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Osiris. the Russian century, 1860-1960( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Utopia by Gyan Prakash( )

2 editions published in 2010 in Undetermined and English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science and pseudoscience : a conversation with Michael Gordin( Visual )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Princeton historian Michael Gordin discusses the strange case of Immanuel Velikovsky - doctor, psychologist, self-proclaimed historian and would-be revolutionary - as a way of probing the often-problematic boundary between science and pseudoscience
Making special relativity( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A well-ordered thing : Dmitrii Mendeleev and the shadow of the periodic table
Five days in August : how World War II became a nuclear warA well-ordered thing : Dmitrii Mendeleev and the shadow of the periodic tableRed cloud at dawn : Truman, Stalin, and the end of the atomic monopolyScience and society : the history of modern physical science in the twentieth centuryIntelligentsia science : the Russian century, 1860-1960Science and society : the history of modern physical science in the twentieth centuryOsiris. the Russian century, 1860-1960Making special relativity
Alternative Names
Gordin, Michael.

Gordin, Michael 1974-

Gordin, Michael D.

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Gordin, Michael Dan

Gordin, Michael Dan 1974-

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Spanish (1)

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