Genius ISSN 1062-3604, Russian Journal of Developmental Biology, 2008, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 379–380. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2008. Original Russian Text © V.P. Skulachev, 2008, published in Ontogenez, 2008, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 467–468. HISTORY OF SCIENCE I.M. GELFAND’S SEMINAR ON BIOLOGY DOI: 10.1134/S1062360408060155 The legend of Cinderella: a university variant told reading, he gazed into Israel’s eyes and said respect- by a fellow passenger, a student of the Faculty of fully, “I’m very sorry for doubting that you solved the Mechanics and Mathematics. After the ninth grade in a previous problems yourself several days ago. Now you small town near Odessa, Gelfand was told by his have proved that no one helped you. The point is that no teacher in mathematics, “Dear Israel, there is nothing I one in or outside this Library could help you in solving can teach you. Move to Moscow, find Moscow State the third problem: it was considered unsolvable in University and the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathe- mathematics until now! Get dressed and I will intro- matics. Go on learning, and you’ll become a great duce you to the Rector of Moscow State University.” mathematician!” They found Rector in his Russian Journal of Developmental Biology Springer Journals

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