1999 0-7734-3244-2 Rethinking the past, Academician N.N. Moiseev (born in 1917) is now able to complete the narrative of his book through 1998. We are given new light on the key events of the 20th century. The author is a prominent Russian scientist and thinker, and in the 1960s and 1970s he led highly qualified Soviet teams working on the mathematical modeling of the most complicated scientific problems (e.g.. use of nuclear power). In the 1980s and 1990s he was an adviser to Presidents M. Gorbachev and B. Yeltsin. The author tells us about his contacts with the prominent figures of science, culture and politics and gives us facts and details about the dramatic events that shaped the life of Soviet science. This work also gives us a better philosophical understanding of the modern époque of science in today’s Russia.