Christmas Day, 1942, was the three hundredth birthday of Isaac
Newton. I was then an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Since Newton was our most famous fellow, the college organized a
meeting to celebrate his birthday. Since it was war...
In the early evening of March 15, 1933, a group of London
socialites gathered in a Westminster mansion to hear a special
lecture on the latest developments in nuclear science. The talk was
chaired by Winston Churchill. The speaker—Churchill’s friend...
In the two years I spent at the Institute, 1957–59, I had the
opportunity of meeting two of the founders of the quantum
theory—Niels Bohr and Paul Dirac. In the case of Bohr, perhaps
“meeting” overstates the case. He was a Member in the spring
It all began with a cable from Oppenheimer that I received on March 10, 1948, in Trondheim, Norway: ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF BOHR AND HEITLER I AM GLAD TO OFFER YOU MEMBERSHIP SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 1948 – 1949 WITH STIPEND OF $3500. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER.
If two such great thinkers as Bohr and Einstein, who had such a high regard for each other, could be brought together for a prolonged period, would not something emerge of great value to all of us? This thought and this hope animated the guiding spirits of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study to invite Niels Bohr to come as a guest of the Institute for the entire spring semester of 1939.
“Scientific research in many domains of knowledge has time
after time proved the necessity of abandoning or remoulding
viewpoints which, due to their fruitfulness and apparently
unrestricted applicability, were regarded as indispensable for
In November 1946, Frank Aydelotte (Director, 1939–47) invited
the poet T. S. Eliot to come to the Institute for Advanced Study as
a Member in the School of Historical Studies and the first
unofficial artist in residence at the Institute. By the time...