A tale of two continents by Abraham Pais

By Abraham Pais

The writer of a hugely acclaimed biorgaphy of Einstein, refined is the Lord, Pais writes engagingly for a normal viewers. He movingly descibes his interval of hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland (he ended the battle in a Gestapo criminal) prior to taking inventory of his lifestyles in the United States, fairly within the newly equipped Institute for complex examine in Princeton, then directed through the bright and debatable physicist Robert Oppenheimer. Pais new and labored with a number of the greats of twentieth-century physics, and he relates many desirable tales approximately Oppenheimer, Einstein, Bohr, Sakharov, Dirac, Heisenberg, and von Neumann, in addition to approximately non-scientists like Chaim Weizmann, George Kennan, Erwin Panofsky, and Pablo Casals. His enthusiasm approximately technological know-how and lifestyles more often than not pervades a booklet that's either a memoir and a historical past of technological know-how.

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And what’s the use? Does it lead you anywhere? ” “You’re a fool,” said Frau Levandovsky calmly. ” “Some old dodderer, I expect,” said Margot, kissing the wart on the dog’s cheek. “Fool,” repeated Frau Levandovsky. ” “Come, come for a walk,” said Margot to the dog, and the dachshund slipped from her lap to the floor with a plop and trotted off along the passage. Now the gentleman referred to by Frau Levandovsky was anything but a shy young man from the country. He had got in touch with her through two hearty commercial travelers with whom he had played poker on the boat train all the way from Bremen to Berlin.

Elisabeth proved to have a tender little scar—the result of appendicitis. She was a clinging little soul, docile and gentle. Her love was of the lily variety; but now and then it burst into flame and at such times Albinus was deluded into thinking that he had no need of any other love-mate. When she became pregnant her eyes took on a vacant expression of contentment, as if she were contemplating that new inner world of hers; her careless walk changed to a careful waddle and she would greedily devour handfuls of snow which she hurriedly scooped up when no one was looking.

He knew that she was behind and so was afraid to walk too fast lest he should lose her; but then, too, he was afraid to slacken his pace lest she should overtake him. At the next street-crossing he was obliged to wait while car after car sped past him. Here she overtook him, all but slipped under a bicycle van and jumped back, colliding with him. He grasped her thin elbow and they crossed together. “Now it has started,” thought Albinus, awkwardly adjusting his stride to hers—he had never walked with so small a woman.

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