Anatoly Vlasov heritage: 60-year-old controversy
Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Nauka Avenue 46, 03028, Kyiv, Ukraine
2 H. Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Trokhsvyatytelska Street 4, 01001, Kyiv, Ukraine
Accepted: 16 March 2023
Published online: 16 May 2023
We analyzed remarkable stories linked to the famous Anatoly Vlasov equations in plasma physics. Their creation, modification, and application are interesting from the scientific viewpoint. We also show the relations between those equations dealing with electromagnetism and analogous Jeans equations describing, in particular, gravitational instability in astrophysics. The second half of the essay is devoted to the controversies and political struggle in Soviet (before 1991) and Russian (after 1991) physical communities related to Vlasov’s personality, career, and posthumous recognition. The never-ending destructive influence of the Russian totalitarianism on science is demonstrated.
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