Science in the Soviet Union, which inherited the Academy of Sciences founded by Peter the Great, is a difficult subject of study. Many war memorials in the Soviet Union carry the proud words, "Nobody forgets; nobody is forgotten." That is, nobody forgets those-who died in defense of the ideals of communism and the territory of the U.S.S.R. But, in light of others who perished, it might be added "Nobody remembers; those who do remember do not say."A number of major, but inconvenient, figures have simply dropped out of the history of the Soviet Union. This is a pity, because some of them have had interesting ideas about science, particularly the ways in which science could be applied to forwarding the aims of society. One of these non-persons is N.I. Bukharim, who at one time might have become Lenin’s heir. Bukharin, in fact, might be claimed as one of the founders...

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