Monday, January 26, 2015

Soviet Science Encyclopedia (1962)

So this is neither a children's book or do I have any good translation of the title.  I found this because of some cool images posted by the seller. So if any readers want to set me straight or give more information I will add it. This seems to be 1 volume of a very high level 1962 science encyclopedia with detailed descriptions of mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, and transportation.

The Russian books art always strike me for their "romantic" feel. As someone I was talking to about this said, "They believed at the time that art and science should lift each other up."  So enjoy some very nice pictures from the Russian golden age of space flight:

As I said the style and subject of the paintings is totally different from the American books of the same time.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,
    This is not Russian. It is Ukrainian. In fact the same set of books was published in Russian too. More likely even before this national edition.
    Here you can find a MS Word copy of all 12 Toms of the Encyclopedia in Russian: . Look for links called Tom 1, Tom 2 etc. These are direct links to zip files with lots of separate MS Word files for chapters. I believe all illustrations are preserved including all my favorite color inserts.

    I was lucky to have one when I was a child. It was passed over to me from my cousin. After me it returned back to him for his daughter. The books are indeed of a a very high standard with regard to information. They are not "Something for Dummies" type of thing.