Guerrilla Science

Survival Strategies of a Cuban Physicist

  • Ernesto Altshuler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 145-147

About this book


Full of drama, dedication, and humor, this book narrates the author’s often frustrating experiences working as an experimental physicist in Cuba after the disintegration of the so-called socialist block. Lacking finance and infrastructure, faced with makeshift equipment, unpredictable supplies, and unreliable IT, Altshuler tells how he and his students overcame numerous challenges to make novel and interesting contributions to several fields of science. Along the way, he explains the science - from studies of ant colonies to superconductivity - either qualitatively or quantitatively, but always at a level fully understandable to an undergraduate student of natural sciences or engineering. An even wider audience, however, may skip the technical sections without missing the essence. With numerous anecdotes, photographs and the author’s own delightful cartoons, the book tells a remarkable, and often amusing story of how successful science can be performed against all odds.


Low-budget science Physics research in Cuba Quantitative studies of social insects Science Anecdotes Scientific research at Cuban universities Sociology of science

Authors and affiliations

  • Ernesto Altshuler
    • 1
  1. 1.Univ. of HavanaHabanaCuba

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