Good post (posts #1 and #2).
Many people do not know much about the contribution of Russian and Soviet scientists in the field of modern weaponry; and sadly some of them are the ones who make the most noise.
Petr Ufimtsev (actually, it is Pyotr or ÐŸÑ‘Ñ‚Ñ€) did a lot of research in this field that had no practical application in those times. This is much like '
Hausdorff distance', which was proclaimed useless by the NAZIs.
Other researchers:
Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky - He pioneered the astronautic theory and made the the Tsiolkovsky equation. (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantin_Tsiolkovsky)
Andrey Andreyevich Markov - He was a mathematician who is best known for his work on theory of stochastic processes. Modern day Markovian Processes and Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods are based on his theories and are used in tracking systems in missiles, along with environmental studies, stock market and investment banking. (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrey_Markov)
Georgy Feodosevich Voronoy - He was the student of Markov and his works include Voronoi Diagram which is used in Robotics even today. (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgy_Voronoy)
Ufimtsev:
Tsiolkovsky:
Markov:
Voronoi: