Landau as a teacher Lev Pitaevskii April 2010
Life sketch by Galkina, ~1961
Landau «direct» pupils 1930-1941: Pomeranchuk, Tisza, Levich, Kompaneetz, E. Lifshitz, Akhiezer, Smorodinskii. 1945-1962: Khalatnikov, Abrikosov, Gor'kov, Arkhipov, Gershtein, Dzyaloshinskii, Pitaevskii, Vedenov, Bychkov.
Landau’s register of examinations
Landau’s group in Moscow, 1956. Are sitting: L. Prozorova, A. Abrikosov, I. Khalatnikov, L. Landau, E. Lifshitz. Are standing: S. Gershtein, Lev, L. Vainshtein, R. Arkhipov, I. Dzyaloshinskii
From letter by P. Kapitza to Molotov of April 6, 1939 Comrade Molotov, Recently, during work on liquid helium, at temperatures near absolute zero, I have been able to discover a number of new phenomena which can clear up one of the most puzzling areas in modern physics. I propose to publish some of this work during the next few months. But to do so I need the aid of a theoretician. We had at the Soviet Union one who thoroughly understood the area of theory that I need, namely Landau, but he has been under arrest a year now. I had much hoped that he would be released, especially as I must say frankly that I cannot believe that he is a traitor. …
Landau about Hungarian revolution of 1956. According to KGB records: Identificating rebels with Hungarian people and working class, he [Landau] characterized the events in Hungary as «Hungarian revolution», as a «very good, pleasant event» where the «nation-hero» is fighting for liberty. «Hungarian revolution — it means that practically full Hungarian nation rised against their enslavers, i. e. against small Hungarian clique, and basicly against ours. They are real descendants of great revolutioner of past. That they now demonstrated worths borrowings. I am ready to stay on my knees before Hungary.» In a conversation with unknown person of 1 of November 1956 at his apartment... he claimed: «Our [goverment] decided to splash blood on themself. Our country is governed by criminals. Kadar is a new social-traitor. He is now simple a puppet. Our ordered and he took the place.»