Oral History Interview — Dr. Vitali Ginzburg
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Interview with Dr. Vitali Ginzburg
Vitali Ginzburg; March 28, 1992
ABSTRACT: In the interview, Vitali Ginzburg discusses: his way to physics, Moscow University and Lebedev Physics Institute (FIAN) in 1930s and 1940s, relationships in the community of physicists, his activity in the FIAN group that originated the first Soviet H-bomb, his "2nd idea," "struggle against cosmopolitanism," the Lysenko-like session of physicists of 1949, the evolution of his creativity, personalities of prominent Soviet physicists Leonid Mandelstam, Igor Tamm, Lew Landau, Igor Kurchatov, Andrei Sakharov, Sergei Vavilov, and Vladimir Fok.