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Anikin V. M., Churochkin D. V., Churochkina S. V. “Ah, what is moving there along the river…” To the 95th anniversary of the VI Congress of the Russian Association of Physicists. Izvestiya of Saratov University. Physics , 2023, vol. 23, iss. 3, pp. 265-280. DOI: 10.18500/1817-3020-2023-23-3-265-280, EDN: OLKYAO

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“Ah, what is moving there along the river…” To the 95th anniversary of the VI Congress of the Russian Association of Physicists

Anikin Valery Mikhailovich, Saratov State University
Churochkin Dmitry V., Saratov State University
Churochkina Svetlana Viktorovna, Saratov State University

Background and Objectives: In August 1928, the VI Congress of the Russian Association of Physicists was held in the USSR with broad international participation. The congress was distinguished by: a qualified composition of participants (it was attended by 6 future Nobel Prize winners and up to 30 future members of the USSR Academy of Sciences): broad state support; an unusual mobile format; after holding plenary sessions at Moscow University. The congress, called Volga Congress in the foreign press, continued its work on the steamer “Alexey Rykov” and in the Volga university cities (Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Saratov). The materials of the congress are now considered as a certain cross-section of the achievements of world physics in the late 1920s. Materials and Methods: The purpose of the article is to supplement the published materials on the history of the congress with an analysis of information reflecting the events at the congress and around it and contained in the domestic central and regional periodicals of August 1928, as well as in the memoirs of participants in the events of those days. Conclusion: The attracted materials testify to the understanding of the significance and originality of the Physics Congress-1928, which was the last congress in the history of the Russian Association of Physicists, by the authorities, the scientific and teaching community, and students.

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