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Michael Gordin


Professional affiliation

Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Princeton University
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The Perestroika of Global Science

Full Biography

Michael D. Gordin is Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Princeton University, and Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. After earning his doctorate from Harvard University and serving a term at the Harvard Society of Fellows, he moved to Princeton, where he teaches the history of modern science and Russian history. He is the author of five monographs, ranging from a biography of D. I. Mendeleev, who formulated the periodic system of chemical elements in 1869, to two studies on the early history of nuclear weapons, to a global history of the languages of science. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Major Publications

Scientific Babel: How Science Was Done before and after Global English (University of Chicago Press, 2015)


Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009)


Five Days in August: How World War II Became a Nuclear War (Princeton University Press, 2007)