A Martian Stranded on Earth: Alexander Bogdanov, Blood Transfusions, and Proletarian Science

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A Martian Stranded on Earth Examines Bogdanov's roles as revolutionary, novelist, and scientist, presenting his protagonist as a coherent thinker who pursued his ideas in a wide range of venues. This title offers an analysis of the interactions between scientific ideas and societal values. Full description

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""A Martian Stranded on Earth" is the only major work on Bogdanov that fully treats his diverse activities (as revolutionary, ideologist, philosopher, physician, scientist, organization theorist, administrator, and novelist) as richly interconnected. Bogdanov emerges as a consistent, coherent thinker who explored his ideas in a wide range of venues. This is a splendid little gem of a book."----Mark B. Adams, University of Pennsylvania

--Mark B. Adams, University of Pennsylvania

"[This] compact biography is the first to place Bogdanov's three personae--literary, philosophical, and scientific--vividly and accurately in context."--Muireann Maguire "Times Literary Supplement "

"Utterly compelling. . . . Krementsov provides a fascinating account of Bogdanov, deftly weaving together the three main strands of his activities to show how each influenced the reader. Highly recommended."--N. M. Brooks "Choice "

[This] compact biography is the first to place Bogdanov s three personae literary, philosophical, and scientific vividly and accurately in context. --Muireann Maguire "Times Literary Supplement ""

Utterly compelling. . . . Krementsov provides a fascinating account of Bogdanov, deftly weaving together the three main strands of his activities to show how each influenced the reader. Highly recommended. --N. M. Brooks "Choice ""

This book is a fascinating piece of not just archival but also intellectual detective work, linking experimental blood transfusions, utopian science fiction, and revolutionary politics in the life work of Lenin s old rival. Krementsov s recovery of the significance of proletarian science, for Bogdanov and more generally, deserves to be considered by scholars from many disciplines.
--Michael David-Fox, University of Maryland"

"A Martian Stranded on Earth" is the only major work on Bogdanov that fully treats his diverse activities (as revolutionary, ideologist, philosopher, physician, scientist, organization theorist, administrator, and novelist) as richly interconnected. Bogdanov emerges as a consistent, coherent thinker who explored his ideas in a wide range of venues. This is a splendid little gem of a book. Mark B. Adams, University of Pennsylvania
--Mark B. Adams, University of Pennsylvania"

Nikolai Krementsov has written a fascinating and substantial book that brings together the specialized topic of blood transfusion and the enormous subject of societal revolution. Transformation through transfusion became a nostrum for overcoming the Soviet exhaustion of party leaders and the extension of life itself. The demise of Alexander Bogdanov s scheme of blood exchange was a result both of the scientific weakness of the project itself and the decline of Soviet utopian dreams.
--Loren Graham, Massachusetts Institute of Technology"

Bogdanov was a central figure in the political and scientific revolutions of his day as Lenin s rival for power, a writer of science fiction, and a visionary biologist. In this readable and compelling tale, Krementsov draws upon rich archival sources to use Bogdanov s adventures with blood transfusion as the axis of an original and synthetic account not onlyof a fascinating figure but of the politics, science, and medicine of revolutionary Russia.
--Daniel P. Todes, The Johns Hopkins University"

"This book is a fascinating piece of not just archival but also intellectual detective work, linking experimental blood transfusions, utopian science fiction, and revolutionary politics in the life work of Lenin's old rival. Krementsov's recovery of the significance of proletarian science, for Bogdanov and more generally, deserves to be considered by scholars from many disciplines."

--Michael David-Fox, University of Maryland

About the Author:

Nikolai Krementsov is associate professor at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. He is the author of several books, including The Cure, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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