By N. A. Figurovskii, Yu. I. Solov’ev (auth.)
A complete century has handed because the surprising and tragically untimely dying of Aleksandr Porfir'evich Borodin in 1887 on the age of fifty three, while he used to be following with extraordinary good fortune the disparate careers of musician, composer, natural chemist, and pioneer in women's scientific schooling. As a different determine one of the impressive team of geniuses who without warning seemed in Russia in the midst of the final century and explosively propelled that nation into the mainstream of global tradition within the arts, humanities, and sciences, it could actually were anticipated that Borodin was once the item of a lot learn. there is not any doubt that the Russian contribution to the superb improvement of structural chemistry within the final century has tended to be underplayed, whereas that during the remainder of Europe has obtained even more realization. One wonders, particularly, no matter if Borodin's identify will possibly not have seemed within the chemical pantheon, as have these of Mendeleev, Markovnikov, Menshutkin, and lots of different Russians, if the aldol condensation, which he used to be the 1st to find and examine, were named the Borodin condensation. Straightening out the checklist is critical; Figurovskii and Solov'ev's biography does a lot during this admire. simply as meritorious were the scholarly and exhaustive efforts of Professors Charlene Steinberg and George B. Kauffman, who've made the Russian textual content available to the Western global of their actual and engrossing translation.