A student of arts and sciences

My life life has started in the midst of June, late 90s. Most of this journey took place in my hometown, Engels. Here I enjoyed spending most the time on Volga river, the dearest nature monument of mine. Memories of it comprise a core of my nostalgia of this place.

I moved in Moscow in 2017 to proceed with my education, as a historian of science. While never sought to be a student of history, or even a scholar or scientist, I saw myself as an artist from the early age to the late teens.

To me, science always was a key to understanding the world around, and I used it as an instrument to satisfy my intense curiosity. In my life, science was the principle source of knowledge to rely on. But science only eventually could not satisfy my intellectual and creative demands.

After a period  when science exclusively was a source of wisdom and the single subject to be worthy to put the time into, I started to question it's axioms. It brought me to the turning point when it revealed that I could reach the state of inner peace only by allowing to engage with an artistic search. Understanding that there is no objective constraint to putting the energy in both, arts and sciences, emerged in my head.

As a child I had several important moments of epiphany while listening music, drawing or observing nature. Till the late teens I developed my artistic skills, sometimes shifting from one direction another. Acting, dancing, drawing, photography and music brought much joy in my life. But I felt incapable to bring anything new to them. While science provided a nice opportunity to get smart. So I began distancing myself from 'vain' time spending on art-related activities and switching to scholarly autodidacticism.

Studying history was always more of an a convenient approach rather than a subject with its own sake, an inner purpose. Years of engagement with the discipline provided enough freedom to proceed being driven by my intellectual passion avoiding constraints of the disciplinary blinders. But crossing boundaries is an unending struggle. And humanities aren't a perfect middle ground.

Time in a graduate school is a daily questioning of constraints. Of doubt in choice I made. Of reassurance in it. As long as contextualizing (historical) thinking enables mediation between arts and sciences, I'm with the discipline.


Within this blog page

  • Drawings
  • Music reviews
  • Personal notes
  • Photography

Sources of musical inspiration

AC/DC, Alessandro Cortini, Apex Twin, Banyan, Brian Eno, Butthole Surfers, David Bowie, David Rosenboom, Depeche Mode, Devo, Foo Fighters, Frank Zappa, Gary Numan, Giorgio Moroder, Iannis Xenakis, INXS, Jane's Addiction, Jean-Michel Jarre, Jimmy Hendrix, John Frusciante (Trickfinger), John Lennon, Josh Klinghoffer (Pluralone), Joy Division, Kraftwerk, Kings Of Leon, KISS, Led Zeppelin, Moby, Morton Subotnick, Mylène Farmer, Neu!, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Roxy Music, Sex Pistols, Songs Ohia, Sonic Youth, Steve Vai, Tangerine Dream, Terry Riley, The Beatles, The Black Angels, The Dandy Warhols, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, Tinarwen, Van Halen, U2, Warpaint, Yoko Ono.

Current projects 

"Experimental and Electronic Music at UIUC" (2021-22)

Research interests

  • Astronomy
  • Art+Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Sound studies

Contact information

Academia profile
Urbana, Illinois
+1 (217) 693 1560

Research paper "Scientific Atheism and its Deputies between the 19th -21st Centuries: Religion’s Substitutes, Irreligious Rights Movement and Anti-creationism Non-Fiction"

Abstract: This article questions the reemergence of scientific antireligious activist movements in recent decades. Considering intellectual and political aspects of scientific materialism, Monist and New Atheism movements’ programs as well as the historical context of their development, a number of structural similarities is being drawn. Notably, the Darwinian theory of evolution in monistic dysteleological interpretation represents the main rhetoric weapon of atheistic science popularizers against opponents. Also, science is employed as a tool of ‘freethought’ communities’ formation and campaigning for irreligious rights, and against creationism’s intellectual expansion. However, if earlier atheistic science popularizers were quite explicit on their world change ambition, contemporaries show no interest in authoring some new science-inspired worldview systems or political projects.

Essay on "Enclosure" (2014)

Writing this essay was a 'heart-opening' experience. It might be justly considered as overall too dilettante in comparison to the other texts. And negligent in relation to the use of the scientific reference apparatus and links. To make it clear, I leave it here out of my own internal necessity; as the reminder, as the call for action or thinking

BA Thesis on History of Climate Research in the US and the USSR

Here is a presentation that provides an outline of the research I worked on in 2020-2021. With it I finished my bachelor stage and graduated from the HSE University in Moscow. The complete text of the thesis named "The Discovery of Anthropogenic Global Warming by Mikhail I. Budyko and Wallace Smith Broecker in the 1970s: A Comparative Analysis" is available on Academia.edu [for the real geeks only].