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Contacts of UT units

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5341
Faculty address: 
Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5341
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of History and Archaeology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5651
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5221
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5314
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 309–352, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Cultural Research
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5223
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 16, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5301
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18–310, 50090 Tartu
  • College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 4, 50409, Tartu
  • Viljandi Culture Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 435 5232
    Faculty address: 
    Posti 1, 71004 Viljandi
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5957
Faculty address: 
Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5900
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Education
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6440
    Faculty address: 
    Salme 1a–29, 50103 Tartu
  • Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5582
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36–301, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6310
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009 Tartu
  • Institute of Psychology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5902
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 2, 50409 Tartu
  • School of Law
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5390
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 20–324, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Social Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5188
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Narva College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 1900
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 2, 20307 Narva
  • Pärnu College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 445 0520
    Faculty address: 
    Ringi 35, 80012 Pärnu
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5326
Faculty address: 
Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5326
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4210
    Faculty address: 
    Biomeedikum, Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Pharmacy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5286
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Dentistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 731 9856
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 6, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Clinical Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5323
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 8, 50406 Tartu
  • Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4190
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5360
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 5–205, 51005 Tartu
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5820
Faculty address: 
Vanemuise 46–208, 51014 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5820
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46–208, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Computer Science
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5445
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009 Tartu
  • Estonian Marine Institute
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 671 8902
    Faculty address: 
    Mäealuse 14, 12618 Tallinn
  • Institute of Physics
    Faculty address: 
    W. Ostwaldi 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Chemistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5261
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 14a, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5860
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009 Tartu
  • Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5027
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23, 23b–134, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu Observatory
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4510
    Faculty address: 
    Observatooriumi 1, Tõravere, 61602 Tartumaa
  • Institute of Technology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4800
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5835
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Institutions
  • Library
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5702
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Youth Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5581
    Faculty address: 
    Uppsala 10, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Genomics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4000
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23b, 51010 Tartu
  • Museum
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5674
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 25, 51003 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6076
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Support Units
  • Administrative Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5606
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4809
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009, Tartu
  • University Office in Tallinn
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6600
    Faculty address: 
    Teatri väljak 3, 10143 Tallinn
  • Estates Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5137
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Finance Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5125
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 4, 51005 Tartu
  • Grant Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6215
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 9, 51004 Tartu
  • Information Technology Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6000, IT-help: +372 737 5500
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Human Resources Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5145
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 302 and 304, 50090 Tartu
  • Internal Audit Office
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18-244, 51005 Tartu
  • Marketing and Communication Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5687
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 102, 104, 209, 210, 50090 Tartu
  • Office of Academic Affairs
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5620
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Procurement Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6632
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Rector's Strategy Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5600
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Student Council
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18b, 51005 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Press
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5945
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
Other Units
  • University of Tartu Academic Sports Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5371
    Faculty address: 
    Ujula 4, 51008 Tartu
  • Tartu Student Village
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 9959
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 25, 51013 Tartu
  • Tartu Students’ Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 730 2400
    Faculty address: 
    Kalevi 24, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu University Hospital
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 1a, 50406 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Foundation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5852
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
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Contacts of UT units

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5341
Faculty address: 
Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5341
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of History and Archaeology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5651
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5221
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5314
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 309–352, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Cultural Research
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5223
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 16, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5301
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18–310, 50090 Tartu
  • College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 4, 50409, Tartu
  • Viljandi Culture Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 435 5232
    Faculty address: 
    Posti 1, 71004 Viljandi
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5957
Faculty address: 
Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5900
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Education
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6440
    Faculty address: 
    Salme 1a–29, 50103 Tartu
  • Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5582
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36–301, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6310
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009 Tartu
  • Institute of Psychology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5902
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 2, 50409 Tartu
  • School of Law
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5390
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 20–324, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Social Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5188
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Narva College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 1900
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 2, 20307 Narva
  • Pärnu College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 445 0520
    Faculty address: 
    Ringi 35, 80012 Pärnu
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5326
Faculty address: 
Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5326
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4210
    Faculty address: 
    Biomeedikum, Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Pharmacy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5286
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Dentistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 731 9856
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 6, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Clinical Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5323
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 8, 50406 Tartu
  • Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4190
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5360
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 5–205, 51005 Tartu
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5820
Faculty address: 
Vanemuise 46–208, 51014 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5820
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46–208, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Computer Science
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5445
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009 Tartu
  • Estonian Marine Institute
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 671 8902
    Faculty address: 
    Mäealuse 14, 12618 Tallinn
  • Institute of Physics
    Faculty address: 
    W. Ostwaldi 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Chemistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5261
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 14a, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5860
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009 Tartu
  • Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5027
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23, 23b–134, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu Observatory
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4510
    Faculty address: 
    Observatooriumi 1, Tõravere, 61602 Tartumaa
  • Institute of Technology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4800
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5835
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Institutions
  • Library
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5702
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Youth Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5581
    Faculty address: 
    Uppsala 10, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Genomics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4000
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23b, 51010 Tartu
  • Museum
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5674
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 25, 51003 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6076
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Support Units
  • Administrative Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5606
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4809
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009, Tartu
  • University Office in Tallinn
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6600
    Faculty address: 
    Teatri väljak 3, 10143 Tallinn
  • Estates Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5137
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Finance Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5125
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 4, 51005 Tartu
  • Grant Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6215
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 9, 51004 Tartu
  • Information Technology Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6000, IT-help: +372 737 5500
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Human Resources Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5145
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 302 and 304, 50090 Tartu
  • Internal Audit Office
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18-244, 51005 Tartu
  • Marketing and Communication Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5687
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 102, 104, 209, 210, 50090 Tartu
  • Office of Academic Affairs
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5620
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Procurement Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6632
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Rector's Strategy Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5600
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Student Council
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18b, 51005 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Press
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5945
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
Other Units
  • University of Tartu Academic Sports Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5371
    Faculty address: 
    Ujula 4, 51008 Tartu
  • Tartu Student Village
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 9959
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 25, 51013 Tartu
  • Tartu Students’ Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 730 2400
    Faculty address: 
    Kalevi 24, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu University Hospital
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 1a, 50406 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Foundation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5852
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
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Reading recommendations by Tartu Observatory

Reading is one of the activities everyone, even the singing astronaut Chris Hadfield, recommends to do during our time at home. Tartu Observatory's team offers some good books which can help pass the time. The recommendations mostly include books about space or science, but that doesn't mean that one would have to be a space expert or a researcher to enjoy the books. We hope that everyone finds at least one book that they would like to add to their reading list!

"Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery" – Scott Kelly

The U.S. astronaut and engineer Scott Kelly spent 340 days in a row in space and during that time, his health was very closely observed. His twin-brother Mark Kelly, who is also an astronaut, was on Earth at the time and his health indicators were observed for comparison. The book is fascinating both technically and emotionally and maybe gives strength to handle the uncertainty of the current time. Besides that: when someone buys the book in Estonia, they will be supporting the flight of ESTCube-2, our very own spaceship, which is scheduled to launch already in the beginning of 2021!

Anu Noorma, Assistant Director

You will [...] learn why Russians eat dill and cosmonauts pee on a tire, which book inspired Kelly, what enables the most impressive international collaboration, what astronauts and cosmonauts do in a sauna, how a moonwalker trolled Kelly and why astronauts have to consider stealing something or kicking a dog.

Andris SlavinskisSenior Research Fellow at the Department of Space Technology

I read this book in an instant. Among other things, the book made me think about what really matters in life. Does a person living on Earth think about rain showers, birdsong, or the scent of green grass? Not really, I think, it seems natural. But an astronaut said that these are some of the things he missed. I believe that right now, being in quarantine, we can identify with the main character better.

Maret VeldreLibrarian

Recently, Scott Kelly has been sharing advice in the media
Read about the book at Goodreads


"The Martian" – Andy Weir

The book and the movie are like night and day. This book is practically a manual for surviving on Mars.

Antti Tamm, Director

Read about the book at Goodreads


"Space: a Children's Encyclopedia"

This is a book that offers the answers to almost all space-related questions. The book enjoyably carries the reader through the Solar System, the galaxy and the Universe towards infinity – it's a journey through time and space. All exciting as well as important astronomical topics are discussed. Among other things, the book explains how we will find out more about our home planet by looking down at it, how we will find out more about the Universe by looking up at it, and how the instruments that help us look up and down can be created and used.

I have often used this book to illustrate physics lessons at school. The book offers fascinating reading material and facts for both children and adults. It would be especially nice if children and grown-ups looked at the book together.

Tanel LiiraManager for Visitor Center

Read about the book at Goodreads


"Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13" – Jim Lovell, Jeffrey Kluger, Fred Sanders

Also published as "Apollo 13"
It's written by Jim Lovell, command module pilot on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission. He talks about the various phases the whole crew went through during the mission  and how they managed to survive the ordeal with the help of the ground control teams. The book provides a unique perspective and is an amazing read even if you are familiar with  the sequence of events beforehand.

Ayush JainTechnician

Read about the book at Goodreads


"Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think" – Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund

Have you seen the crazy Swedish scientist Hans Rosling explaining global trends using boxes, washing machines and interactive graphs during TED Talks seen by millions? As it turns out, he is also a great writer and you can’t avoid hearing his excited voice while reading "Factfulness", his last effort (rest in peace Hans) to show how ignorant we are about world’s population, women's education, poverty and other trends. Not only he shows that we are less knowledgeable than chimpanzees but also he gives us the right tools and points of view to understand the world.

Andris SlavinskisSenior Research Fellow at the Department of Space Technology

 

"Factfulness" focuses on the problems in the world and explains scientifically, by relying on data, that things aren't as gloomy as they might seem. The book starts with a questionnaire where one can test their knowledge. Then the authors return to each question and explain why the answer is usually wrong.

Ave AnsperJunior Research Fellow in Geophysics

Read about the book at Goodreads


"Marsi odüsseia" – Stanley G. Weinbaum

A significant pioneering short story in the development of sc-fi. Published in 1934, it might seem a bit out-dated now, but this was one of first real efforts to depict the alienness of extraterrestrial life forms which defy human logic and are not readily understandable to the protagonist. Truly inspiring innovative imagination for its time.

Jan PisekSenior Research Fellow in Remote Sensing of Landscapes


"Kõiksuse lühiajalugu" – Bill Bryson

Bryson has taken upon himself the extremely challenging task of combining almost all natural sciences and writing a witty and colorful overview of the development of the Universe up to the point when the two-legged human finally appeared in it. In doing so, Bryson is not an academic researcher himself, but a popular science and travel writer.

Laurits LeedjärvSenior Research Fellow at the Department of Stellar Physics

Read about the book at Goodreads


"Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World" – Cal Newport

I have been improving my work hygiene recently because I felt overwhelmed of all the e-mail and message traffic which is not helped by the lack of in-person contact. Therefore, I believe "Deep Work" is more relevant than ever.

"Deep Work" is a book written by a professor Cal Newport but relevant to every knowledge worker. While the book gives many good examples and great insights, I would like to share how it changed my work habits. First, forget about social media. If you’re worried where to get news, please subscribe to a trustworthy outlet and you’ll appreciate the quality. Second, writing e-mails and messages is not the core of your work. While digital communication is crucial to work with my students, colleagues and collaborators, I go offline to get multiple hours of undistracted deep and often creative work. When I do write e-mails and messages, I try to give an undivided attention to the person I’m communicating with.

Third, plan and finish your day. I use Google Calendar Tasks to plan my own time. Usually, I do it at the end of the previous day. When a new day comes, I do my best to finish all the tasks but I don’t beat myself up for moving them around. When all the tasks are done, I close my computer and spend the rest of the day for myself. Four, by having virtually each evening as free time, I’ve plenty of opportunities do develop myself and take care of the mental health.

Andris SlavinskisSenior Research Fellow at the Department of Space Technology

Read about the book at Goodreads


"The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality" – Richard Panek

What I liked most about this book was the detailed historical approach and the background and search of dark matter and dark energy. The book focuses on researchers, their work and challenges. I think that people who have a background in physics or are interested in the history of discovering the dark Universe will enjoy the book the most. It could also be interesting to young people who have not made up their minds yet about if astronomy or cosmology are the right majors for them.

Heleri RamlerResearch Fellow in Stellar Physics

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Books by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky ("The Land of Crimson Clouds", "The Dead Mountaineer's Hotel", "The Snail on the Slope")

Ever since childhood, my favourites have been the books by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. When we talk about favourites, I instantly think of "The Land of Crimson Clouds", the well-known classic "The Dead Mountaineer's Hotel" and one of their very last works "The Snail on the Slope". I often find myself recalling these stories, and every now end then, I go and find the books again. I am fascinated by their unique style and colorful descriptions.

For me, the important feature of the sci-fi stories by the Strugatskys is that physical laws continue to apply, within reason. This makes the stories even more real and believable. Boris Strugatsky's interest in physics has probably helped with that. In the difficult circumstances of the Soviet Union, he wasn't admitted to the physics department at the Leningrad State University, although he applied. This is how he became an astronomer, working, among other places, at the Pulkovo Observatory, which is familiar for us, too.

Riho VendtSenior Research Fellow at the Department of Space Technology

 

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"The Rocket Man" – Ray Bradbury

The famous song co-written by Elton John and Bernard Taupin (and occasionally performed by Tartu Observatory Band) was based on this short sci-fi story, first published in 1951. Bradbury’s take on our apparent/frequent inability to be satisfied with what we already have – there is always something more, else, different we seem to crave/wish for. The story may be even more devastating than the Elton John song as it is narrated from the child’s point of view.

Jan PisekSenior Research Fellow in Remote Sensing of Landscapes

Read the online version 

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"Transport" – Phillip P. Peterson

"Transport" is a refreshing science fiction page-turner series still being written by Phillip P. Peterson, a German author and a former rocket scientist. The author sets a tense scene where ten convicts are trying to save their lives by going on missions to exoplanets. Apart from mysterious alien technology, the book is deeply rooted in our current knowledge of science and author’s vast imagination.

Andris SlavinskisSenior Research Fellow at the Department of Space Technology

Read about the book at Goodreads



"The Alchemist" – Paulo Coelho

This is a book that you read multiple times in your life and learn something new every time. It's about a journey that everyone can somehow relate to, wherever in life they may be.

Ayush Jain, technician

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"Brief Answers to the Big Questions" – Stephen Hawking

The book includes ambitious future visions and thoughts – as you might not agree with all of them, they are still extremely interesting to read.

Antti Tamm, Director

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