MY LESSONS


More precisely: it is the most important lessons, that have been in my life.

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1 PHYSICS LESSON Link 01 01/10/2012
2 MATH LESSON Link 02 01/10/2012
3 CHEMISTRY LESSON Link 03 01/10/2012
4 LESSON OF LITERATURE Link 04 01/10/2012
5 HISTORY LESSON Link 05 01/10/2012
6 CHESS LESSON Link 06 01/10/2012
7 THEATER LESSON Link 07 01/10/2012
8 NIKITA TOLSTOY Link 08 01/10/2012



PHYSICS LESSON

     Blessed memory for KOBUSHKIN VICTOR K. - physics teacher specialized physical-mathematical boarding school 45 at Leningrad State University. A.A. Zhdanov.

      Teaching process may be very different. You can "read all your speech from your papers" slightly yawning and causing many sadness on pupils. But you can work wonders!
      And you can do your wonders so, that even now, after 35 years, I remember given me lessons so as if it were yesterday...
      Every branch of physics was for him sole and unique. Unique was also a school where he worked. Was unique and his own style of teaching.
      At the course of the presentation ceremony he could jump up to the pulpit and, slapping himself knee, stretch out his hand forward (as Lenin on the armored car), explaining to us how in the mechanics can be defined (indicated) the location of an object in space. When it came to motion of the planets, he is like a stone in a sling, flailed and twiddled over his head nut tied to a cord...
      It should be noted that in our special school, we were learned with the help of a special course, which in the printed version did not exist. Therefore, all the phisics lections we recorded into our copy-books, representing a total of 96 sheets.
      When there was a test-lesson, and such test-lessons were carried out there after the passage of each new topic, our copy-books we were obliged to keep in a closed form on the corner of his desk.
      After his initial greeting the teacher announced his first question and opened a magazine of our class. You might think that every pupil at this time was shaking "like an aspen leaf" out of fear that teachers finger will stop on his name. No way! We have been explained previously, that the test will be conducted from the top down in strict accordance with the alphabetical arrangement of names of students...
      "Ahonen", - he read. Then the girl, whos name in the list was first, got up and timidly started to answer this question. The quality of her response immediately reflected on the face of our teacher. "This is a response to a "three grade", - he said, then immediately recorded the assessment in a magazine and called the next on the list of students to answer the same question. This continued up until he heard no response that satisfied him. After that he put a new question and continued to poll on.
      This may sound strange, but during a lesson each of the 35 pupils received exactly three estimates, which fairly well reflected the level of our knowledge. If in the course of the test the teacher noticed that someone is peeking into his own copy-book, he immediately exhibited the "Five", which was accompanied by an explanation: "You wanted "five", - get it, please!" All our further perplexity and our searches for the "special marks" next to such a "fives" were unsuccessful. On our tricky questions about such "fives" with the simple-hearted smile he said: "Assessment should not be an end in itself, more importantly, what will remain in your head!.."
      But the most interesting in this story - annual test! We all on the eve studied the phisics "till the blue in the face." And that day has arrived. Our closed copy-books are stacked in the corners of tables, each feels some "jim-jams". Teacher says: "As all you studied well, then to all those who value their knowledge on "three", I am ready to immediately mark down these estimates and release them from further suffering..." Found seven volunteers. All they got "three" and they were "released to the freedom".
      Then the teacher said: "I feel that all in a class are well prepared, so if someone assesses his own knowledge on "four", you can now go to me and get your deserved the "fours", but with others we will talk in more detail.
      Twenty-three people (including me) did so, after which they were free. In those five, who remained in the classroom and assessed their own knowledge on the "excellent" on his forehead appeared sweat beads, but they were ready to "fight like lions" to confirm their excellent knowledge of the material!
      The teacher smiled, looking at them and said: "Guys, I believe you, you really know the material at the "excellent", so come here and get your well-deserved "fives".
      At this annual test in physics was over.
      Since then, it took many years. He, Ph.D., often was not been understood by his superiors, had abandon the pedagogy, and became a bus driver. If he were alive today he would be "under eighty". But all good is short-lived - he had long since died of a heart attack, although the charge of energy that emanated from him, in many of his pupils is still alive up to the present time.

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MATH LESSON

      Mathematics in our boarding school taught Ionin Yuri Iosifovich. He taught us well, he actually taught "as a mathematician". Of course, we could not always keep track of all flights of his mathematical thought, but we received good knowledges and could continue to qualify for training in the most prestigious universities on the subject.
      But Ionin Y.I. had only one flaw, but about this flaw, we learned much later. For us, it was then "luminary of mathematical thought". And it turned out, he was simply a Jew. Do not get me wrong. The boarding school was for us as a native home, where no one "absolutely had no nationality". And that Ionin Y.I. was, unfortunately, a Jew, we have learned twenty years later (in 1988) from him, when he, with all his mathematical self-restraint, began to complain that him is simply not allowed to work.
      Incidentally, my best friend - Dokshitser J.L. - in the same year, at his work (in theoretical physics) too became feel himself not very comfortable...
      "Such time then was," - explained to all the guards of Pilate, when them reproached the crucifixion of Christ. Roughly the same manner explained their actions and those people, who at the Great Patriotic War were the policemen Germans...
      In short: in 1988 was found that for Jews in our country places, like, not. And they became looking for places in other states...
      Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics Ionin Y.I. began to taught math at San Francisco (USA).
      Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics Dokshitser J.L. began to taught physics at Lund University (Sweden).
      But it all would could be otherwise!



P.S.

...So let's bring on the grave of love
Bouquet of blue field flowers,
Let's forget the words "favorite girl", "cute boy"
And don't ask: "Who is to blame for it?"

Life is simple and complicated as the Eiffel Tower,
Our bouquet of blue flowers will become quite yellow.
All things will go away, only memory will be still relievo
As if soles of a new gumshoes.

(Yuri Dokshitser, 1967, Leningrad)

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CHEMISTRY LESSON

      Our chemistry teacher was somehow "God's Dandelion", she has always hovered in the clouds. Chemistry she knew perfectly: we could always to inquire her about the obtaining technology of gunpowder or, for example, dynamite... And her style of presentation was simply unique. And, if she expounded lesson material, or responded to our scientific, pseudoscientific, and even "stupid" questions - cheat sheet ever no enjoyed.
      The procedure of writing out estimates was considered for her as if it was something not completely natural and does not related to her core business (chemistry).
      I recall an interesting case. Lesson basically ended. In this lesson she, as usual, showed us her series of brilliant chemical experiments, so a tripod with a test tube, flask, reagents were still standing on her huge desk.
      We surrounded our teacher by dense ring and she enthusiastically answered all our many questions.
      Meanwhile, "the young experimenter" Anatoly Ignatieff triple folded strip of celluloid and put it in a test tube with some kind liquid and furiously began to warm up it on some spiritlamp.
      After about a minute in vitro something began to seethe and out of it climbed some kind "black foam". The most interesting thing that methylated spirit was immediately extinguished, but "the black porridge" continued to climb and climb out of the tube, exactly as some porridge (can not remember which) in the famous fairy tale about a magic pot.
      In the end, with a powerful jet of water from the tap "magic process" was somehow stopped, after which our teacher finally "ceased Twitter", and our experimenter Tolia was forgiven.

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LESSON OF LITERATURE

      In Physics and Mathematics boarding school, where I once studied, all things were not usual. Unusually there were all the pupils (for admission to the boarding school each of us passed special exams and was selected with the rigorous competition), not usual was the very building in Leningrad on the Savushkina street (large gray building with bas-reliefs of prominent scientists on the front) and not usual there were teachers too...
      Is the lesson of literature. Natalia Pavlovna (her figure inspired us to affectionate nickname "bun" for her) introduces us to the works of disgraced earlier the poet Mayakovsky.
      At some of the turning points of script lesson she suddenly announces: "I will now read you some strings from one poem, and you'll try to explain me that was embedded in these verses, what are they written about..."
...And you could play a nocturne
On a drainpipe flutes?

      There was dead silence. Natalia Pavlovna tried to "shake up" with her question of one or the other pupil, but received in return only that something like this: "On Poetry.., about life, and so forth".
      Some time later, when she was apparently tired of asking us, arised her sudden burst: "Why, it's poems about the love! About the most usual love of man to woman! Can not you understand that?..".
      At that far times we couldn't understand THIS.
      By all our soviet ideology we are accustomed to the fact, that each of us - is "it", were simply shocked by her manner of teaching. Before her each of us in the formal social situations had habit to feel himself as some "learner-place" neuter.
      About love, we could only dream in our dreams, in secret walks, but we did not expect that we will openly discuss this topic in our class. It was she who awakened in our minds the realization that each of us - it is or a man, or a woman (in the first place!).
      I even think that it is at her lesson the first time I heard this famous phrase: "Everything in the world something worth only in the name of love!".

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HISTORY LESSON

      History in our boarding school taught Dr. of History Sciences Naimark Yefim Emmanuilovich. Since then, many years had passed, but his clear as that of Levitan's voice, I remember very well so far.
      What may be new in history? We were the children of the Soviet Union and we were well aware that "The Party and Lenin - twins" and that the history of our country (you want, or you not want) is the history of the Bolshevik Party. So: nothing of it was not on his lessons! But what was there? It was clear and professionally made the known to all history course of our country. However, the basic material was often accompanied by a description of interesting facts, which he meticulously extracted somewhere from the closed funds of the scientific library of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
      From him we have heared, for example, that in far times Lenin many colleagues considered as "German spy" and they had a good cause for it. He told us the true story of the death of Friedrich Engels. This story is so unusual that I want the story briefly tell here.
      Friedrich Engels, as we know, was quite rich and often gave financial assistance to his friend Karl Marx.
      When Engels and his wife (and they were the same age) turned 75 years old, they sat at the table, discussed the life and unanimously concluded: a man aged 75 have nothing more to do in this world.
      After this, together with a meal they took poison, lay down on their bed and "died in one day", as befits a happy couple.
      I wonder what the true story of Engels' death did not fit into the "Procrustean bed" story of the struggle for world revolution, therefore in the public sources never before in our country this story had not mentioned.

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CHESS LESSON

      In 1972 I was a sophomore physics department of Leningrad State University. Lectures on basic disciplines were there immediately for the entire flow in a large audience of classical form: huge sloping area with benches for students to converge to a small horizontal scene, which housed the teacher with his "props". All this took place in the newly constructed main building of the Physics Department to a new campus in Old Peterhof, near Leningrad.
      Once in the foyer appeared an announcement: all chess enthusiasts after schools are invited to the lecture hall for a meeting and conversation with grandmaster G.M. Korchnoi. Believing myself is such chess enthusiast, I hurried to the meeting. Grandmaster came to us with his guard a bit late (probably to make himselves more "weight").
      As we all know that approaching a decisive match for the world crown between Spassky and Fischer, naturally, our main questions to grandmaster reduced to the evaluation of the Fisher personality, his manner of playing, inclinations, habits, etc. Grandmaster with obvious pleasure satisfied our curiosity.
      We learned that Fischer is very self-satisfied and often rude. All the time he devotes to chess, being distracted from them only to eat, sleep and other natural needs of the organism. In this case, for example, over lunch at a restaurant he (one person) occupied two tables that are set for him for very many viands, often from China. With the waitresses (to their not satisfaction) Fisher speaks little and dry...
      As for chess, then he (Korchnoi) was previously played with Fischer only two times, and both the games ended in a draw. About the manner of playing Fischer, grandmaster told us next story about one of their recent party.
      "We played recently at the match in Switzerland. There gathered the most "cream" of the chess world. Before meeting with Fischer, I, of course, very worried. We with my assistants have studied all the games, played earlier by Fisher, and to all his possible schemes of the game we produced our answer options...
      My moves I thought through very carefully, Fisher was reciprocated - the game was very sluggish. Suddenly I got the idea to sacrifice a pawn. Considering this option within forty-five minutes, I concluded that as a result of this sacrifice after fourteen or fifteen steps I can obtain good positional advantage.
      Offering my sacrifice, I tuned in to a long wait. Imagine my surprise when, a minute later Fisher had not taken my victim, and chose a completely other continueing...
      In the end, the game ended in a draw, but I could not relax the whole day and night. Did Fischer analyzes the position so quickly in comparison to me? Realizing that without knowing the truth, I never shall find peace, I plucked up courage and turned to Fisher with a question: "Excuse me, grandmaster, I spent forty-five minutes analising options before you sacrifice a pawn. Why do, thinking over the offer only a minute, you refused to take my sacrifice?"
      Fisher looked at me like to an idiot, and with a wry grin, replied: "I decided to believe to you!". So chess are chess, but psychology is the psychology.
Here is this it, this Fisher!.
      Meeting of chess fans with Korchnoi continued somewhere about an hour, after which he said goodbye, put on his gray unremarkable cloak, and they with a security guard quick steps became moving on their way. I do not know why, but I was standing on the porch of the main building and still a long time looking after them...
      A few months later grandmaster Korchnoi went to Sweden and left our country forever.

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THEATER LESSON

      In the years 1966-67 I was studying in 9 th grade physical-mathematical boarding school at Leningrad State University A.A. Zhdanov name. At the same time in one tenth class of this school studied Konstantin Arkadievich Raikin, today many know him as head of the Arkady Raikin theater. I can not call myself his friend - we met with him a few times - but I can share you some of my memories associated with him.
      From time to time at the boarding school were gala evenings, at which were invited these or other art people. Many of the performances for the evenings were prepared by pupils too. Constantine even then was very artistic, he had excellent plasticity, lively facial expressions and figurative speech. His "hobby-horse", however, were the pop numbers of the pantomime.
      One of the arrived for our show artist of pantomime (his name I can not remember) called his attention at Kostya Raikin and invited him to continue systematic training in this direction under his leadership. To the surprise of many, Kostya did not agree, answering to this is about the following words: "Too many artistes on a single family. I decided to devote myself to biology (he was a pupil of class with a biological incline).
      One time and Arkady Raikin came to us for the evening. He made his show literally within ten minutes - showed us an excerpt from "Revizor" by Gogol, in which he played the "Hlestakov" role. After the show, Arkady Raikin immediately left us on a black "Volga", which was waiting for him at the entrance. We understood that an artist of this magnitude all calculated by the minute, so we were very excited and this short meeting with the great master.
      Who became ultimately "a lover of biology" Konstantin Raikin, known to all now. Let's remember about this famous saying "Nature is resting on the children of great men".
      This saying is not right! Man to man are different. Truly great people - and to such is certainly possible to rank and Konstantin Raikin, and Andrei Mironov - not too dependent on whether their parents were "great people".
      Of course, in a certain sense, the son of an artiste is always easier to go to the artistes than the son, for example, a shoemaker. However, whether he will a "Great Artiste" depends, of course, not from parents but from the man himself. It is known that the glory of the parents "crushes" on their children. And Andrei Mironov, and Kostya Raikin mentioned about this. Then more valuable is, namely, your OWN glory, if you showed yourself worthy of it!

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NIKITA TOLSTOY

      At the physics department of Leningrad State University our teacher was physics professor, it was Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Nikita Alekseevich Tolstoy. It was the son namely the Tolstoy, who wrote the novel "Peter Pervij", as well as many other famous works.
      Even in those far communist years, we saw that we face a real aristocrat: his mannerisms, gestures and clothes were immaculate, every sheet of his lectures was placed in a separate transparent plastic bag (it was very surprising to us!). Physics he knew perfectly: presentation of the university physics course and the answers to our questions flowed from him as "a mountain stream". But Nikita Alekseevich loved and distractions from the main course. Discussions on the topic of the lecture he often combined with a splash of many extraneous topics that frequently arised because of our replicas, or just surfaced from the depths of consciousness of the professor.
      Before answering any question, the professor came to deeply thinking, took out a cigarette and straight at a lecture with relish was lighting his cigarette from his black "Ronson" for the envy of all students.
      To the question, why he put each sheet in a separate sealed envelope, a professor with a slight smile replied: "Because my course of lectures not got changes during five years (!?)." After a short pause he continued: "But after every five years, my course must be revised - because the science does not stand on place..."
      To the exams the professor liked invite many of his assistants: graduate students, assistants, staff research.
      Once I must go to resit exam in physics. The exam from me took the collaborator of the Department of General Physics, Ph.D. Spartakov. I was well prepared - the examiner listened to me not very attentively, suddenly something caught his attention: the girl, who was sitting in the front row, too rustled a piece of paper under the table.
      Humor of the situation consisted in the fact that all the "secret" manners of preparing for students' answers were clearly visible to the examiner, which was sitting in front of them. Indeed, under the table top was provided a convenient gap, that allowed the examiner to fully control the entire process of preparing the student for the upcoming response.
      Spartakov politely asked the girl to go to him with the piece of paper, which was placed under her top of desk. The most interesting thing was followed further. It turned out that a sheet of paper containes a complete physics course per semester, written by a very slim lines.
"You came to resit?" - Asked Spartacov.
"Yes" - answered the girl.
- What is your score was?
- "Four" (!?) (Explanation: The highest mark at the time was the "Five")
- You are free. Your mark now is "Two".
      Thus ended for this girl her Autumn physics resit. I successfully replaced my previous "Two" into desired to me mark "Four".
      They say that when, after the fall of the Communists, aristocrats began to "raise their heads," a delegation came from them for Nikita Alekseevich, they said a single sentence: Nikita Alekseevich, let invite you to be the head of our organization, please. You - the hereditary nobleman - give your consent to become our "nobility leader". At that Nikita Alekseevich not thinking twice answered: I am not suitable for this role, because for me Vasilij Shukshin is more nobleman than most of you....
      Perhaps the "true nobility" precisely in that man is capable of directly and publicly declare about his position, which is not usual and not endorsed by the others, - I thought.
      Sometime in the early days of Soviet power Bolsheviks offered for many former czar officers to take the oath of allegiance to the new Bolshevik government. Most of the officers replied that they had once took the oath of to the king, and do not have the opportunity to change his oath. They immediately were shot. Those few who "found such an opportunity," survived and became to serve the Bolshevik Party. It was they who were recognized as officers the most suitable for the Soviet Army.
      The conclusion is clear...

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