NABOKV-L post 0022055, Fri, 30 Sep 2011 01:31:35 +0300

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Pyotr Nikolaevich
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In his memoirs Amfiteatrov mentions Pyotr Nikolaevich Lebedev (1866-1911), the physicist who was the first to measure the pressure of light on a solid body:

В 90-х годах одним из ближайших друзей моей семьи был физик Петр Николаевич Лебедев, уже тогда крупный ученый, а вскоре - всемирно прославленный своим гениальным открытием законов давления света.

The famous writer in "The Event" is a namesake of Lebedev, whose surname comes from лебедь, "swan." "The Swan Rising from the Dead" is Antonina Pavlovna's latest fairy tale she reads to her guests ("The Event," Act Two).

Alexey Sklyarenko

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