By Nikolai Krementsov

who're we? the place did we come from and the place are we going? what's the that means of existence and loss of life? will we abolish demise and stay eternally? those "big" questions of human nature and human future have boggled humanity's most sensible minds for hundreds of years. yet they assumed a specific urgency and saliency in Twenties Russia, simply because the state was once rising from approximately a decade of constant conflict, political turmoil, chronic famine, and lethal epidemics, producing a huge number of wonderful social, medical, and literary experiments that sought to respond to those "perpetual" existential questions. This publication investigates the interaction among real (scientific) and fictional (literary) experiments that manipulated intercourse gonads in animals and people, looked for "rays of existence" iced up and thawed butterflies and bats, stored alive severed puppy heads, and produced a variety of tissue extracts (hormones), all fostering a strong picture of "science that conquers death." Revolutionary Experiments explores the intersection among social and medical revolutions, documenting the speedy progress of science's investment, associations, group of workers, public resonance, and cultural authority within the aftermath of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. It examines why and the way biomedical sciences got here to occupy one of these well-known position within the tales of various litterateurs and within the tradition and society of post-revolutionary Russia extra mostly. Nikolai Krementsov argues that the collective, although no longer unavoidably coordinated, efforts of scientists, their Bolshevik consumers, and their literary fans/critics successfully remodeled really expert wisdom generated by means of experimental biomedical examine into an influential cultural source that facilitated the institution of enormous really expert associations, encouraged a variety of science-fiction tales, displaced non secular ideals, and gave the millennia-old dream of immortality new types and new meanings in Bolshevik Russia.

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