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Very Short Introductions

Ivan Pavlov: A Very Short Introduction

Daniel P. Todes

Ivan Pavlov: A Very Short Introduction

Very Short Introductions

Ivan Pavlov: A Very Short Introduction

Very Short Introductions: Ivan Pavlov: A Very Short Introduction

 

This short biography explores the life and science of the famous Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov, focusing on his lifelong quest to understand the "torments of our consciousness." Daniel P. Todes analyzes Pavlov's Nobel Prize-winning research on digestion and his iconic studies of conditional reflexes.


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Beschrijving Very Short Introductions: Ivan Pavlov: A Very Short Introduction

In this book, Daniel P. Todes provides concise introduction to the life and science of the great Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936). Todes weaves together Pavlov's life, values, context, and science by focusing upon his quest to understand the psyche and the "torments of our consciousness".

This introduction follows the origins and maturation of Pavlov's quest from his early life in a priestly family in provincial Riazan, to his struggles and late professional success in the glittering capital of St. Petersburg, through the cataclysmic destruction of his world during the Bolshevik seizure of power and civil war of 1917-1921, to the rebuilding of his life in his 70s as a "prosperous dissident" during the Leninist 1920s, and his success and personal torments in 1929-1936 during the
industrialization, cultural revolution, and terror of Stalin times.

Beyond a basic biography, Todes devotes particular attention to Pavlov's Nobel Prize-winning research on digestion (1891-1903) and his iconic studies of conditional reflexes and higher nervous activity (1903-1936), as well as his experiments with dogs. Fundamentally reinterpreting Pavlov's famous research on conditional reflexes, Todes shows that Pavlov was not a behaviorist, did not use a bell, and was uninterested in training dogs. The Russian scientist sought to explain not merely external
behaviors, but the emotional and intellectual life of animals and humans. Furthermore, this iconic "objectivist" was a profoundly anthropomorphic thinker whose science was suffused with his own experiences and values. Exploring the two unpublished manuscripts upon which Pavlov was working when he
died, Todes shows the importance of his little-known experiments on chimps and explores his final thoughts about the relationship of science, Christianity, and Bolshevism.


ISBN
9780190906696
Pagina's
152
Verschijnt
Serie
Very Short Introductions
NUR
910
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Paperback / softback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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