By N. A. Figurovskii, Yu. I. Solov’ev (auth.)
A complete century has handed because the surprising and tragically untimely dying of Aleksandr Porfir'evich Borodin in 1887 on the age of fifty three, whilst he was once following with extraordinary good fortune the disparate careers of musician, composer, natural chemist, and pioneer in women's scientific schooling. As a distinct determine one of the impressive workforce of geniuses who unexpectedly seemed in Russia in the midst of the final century and explosively propelled that kingdom into the mainstream of global tradition within the arts, humanities, and sciences, it could actually were anticipated that Borodin used to be the thing of a lot examine. there isn't any doubt that the Russian contribution to the fantastic improvement of structural chemistry within the final century has tended to be underplayed, whereas that during the remainder of Europe has obtained even more realization. One wonders, particularly, no matter if Borodin's identify would possibly not have seemed within the chemical pantheon, as have these of Mendeleev, Markovnikov, Menshutkin, and lots of different Russians, if the aldol condensation, which he was once the 1st to find and examine, have been named the Borodin condensation. Straightening out the checklist is necessary; Figurovskii and Solov'ev's biography does a lot during this admire. simply as meritorious were the scholarly and exhaustive efforts of Professors Charlene Steinberg and George B. Kauffman, who've made the Russian textual content available to the Western global of their exact and engrossing translation.
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The first edition of Hess' textbook appeared in 1833, the sixth edition in 1845. - A. [See Henry M. Leicester: Germain Henri Hess. In: DSB, 1972, Vol. 6, pp. 353-354. ] 22 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Footnotes to Chapter 2 In Europe, a classical school preparatory to the university, roughly equivalent to an American high school. - T City about 450 miles (ca. 725 km) east of Moscow, on the eastern shore of the upper part of the Kuybyshev Reservoir on the Volga River, where it is joined by the Kazanka River.
IJ'ia Grigor'evich Borshchov (1833-1878) was a botanist, a professor at Kiev University, and one of the first investigators of colloid chemistry. - A. [See GSE, 1973, Vol. 3, p. 482. ] Pis'ma A. P. Borodina (Letters of A. P. Borodin) [hereafter abbreviated as Letters, I], Moscow, 1928, pp. 30-31 and 34. - A. Milii Alekseevich Balakirev (1836-1910) was a well-known Russian composer, an outstanding musical figure, the head of the Balakirev circle, well known under the name Moguchaia Kuchka (The Mighty Little Group), and a friend and teacher of Borodin's.
Alekseev, May 24, 1861, published here for the first time. - A. 26 M. N. Mladentsev and V. E. Tishchenko: Mendeleev, pp. 166-167. - A. 27 This periodical was published in St. Petersburg from 1836 to 1866. - 1'. 28 The first uncensored Russian periodical, published from 1857 to 1867 by Alexander Herzen (in Russian, Aleksandr Ivanovich Gertsen), journalist and political thinker, who originated the theory of a unique Russian path to socialism, or peasant populism. - T. 29 T. V. Volkova: Letters of A.