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Ivan Pavlov, revealed

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Science  27 Mar 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6229, pp. 1425
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa5822

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The life of Ivan Pavlov was characterized by both sluchainost' (chance and randomness) and pravil'nost' (regularity and lawfulness), two words which appear frequently in Pavlov's own writing. In a new biography, Daniel P. Todes draws on multilingual archival and literary sources to capture the subtleties of the famous physiologist's life and work. The result, according to reviewer Stephen T. Casper, is an exemplary work of scholarship that transforms biography into history.