By Sofya Kovalevskaya (auth.)
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3. His later work laid the foundation for the study of evolutionary paleontology in Russia. His brother, Alexander Onufrievich Kovalevsky (1840-190 1) was a distinguished biologist and a pioneer in the study of comparative embryology. 4. Ivan Mikhailovich Sechenov, 1829-1905. Eminent physiologist, . professor at the University of Petersburg. 5. N. G. Chemyshevsky, Chto defat'? (1864). Maria Bokova-Sechenova is generally regarded as the model for the character Vera Pavlovna, Bokov for Lopukhov, Sechenov for Sasha Kirsanov.
I have such deep doubts of myself that I am afraid that you, who have always 26 Introduction shown me such good will, may be disenchanted when you realize how unsuited I am to my chosen work. I am deeply grateful to Stockholm University for opening its doors to me so graciously ... 15 In November of 1883, Kovalevskaya arrived in Sweden to begin her teaching career. Stockholm was itself a center of controversy between progressive and conservative factions. It was therefore inevitable that the appointment of "the queen of mathematics" (as she was ironically called in hostile academic circles) should be greeted by strong feelings on both sides.
She would not have been driven into a fictitious marriage, but would have been free to choose from a whole spectrum of options: traditional marriage, "open" marriage, group marriage or no marriage at all. But in living through the overriding question of her life-what is love, and how should it mediate with freedom, identity, commitment-she might find contemporary society not very much further along the way to a solution than hers was, when she took her first step toward independence in 1868. 43 NOTES 1.
A Russian Childhood by Sofya Kovalevskaya (auth.)