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Many of the statements in his books suffer directly or indirectly from idealist distortion and have been rightly subjected to strong criticism by the community of Soviet scientists. The leading newspaper of the city. It started to praise Adolf Hitler as a redeemer at a time when the rest of the nationalist press in Germany still qualified their judgment of the 'leader' with certain reservations.

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Students of the Second Physics and the Mathematical Institutes were discreetly combining into a National Socialist group. She administered a stern rebuke to the lecturer for indulging in 'bourgeois propaganda. Jaroslav Frenkel. For the moment they confined themselves to spreading anti-Semitic propaganda among their followers. Frenkel are not notable for their lucidity and consistency so far as his attitude to materialism is concerned. The incident had disgusted people in Gottingen.

Now they were sacrificed for the second time to racial prejudice. Leo Szilard. Johannes Stark was especially bitter against Sommerfeld. Planck's quantum formula. The brown-shirted students made a particular onslaught against Jewish or half-Jewish undergraduates who had come from Poland or Hungary to study in Germany. They were never really able to get over the shock of the inroad of political fanaticism upon the peace of academic life.

Even at that time they characterized as 'Jewish-minded' the Aryans who founded their published work on relativity and quantum mechanics. They attempted to dismiss. This group boldly declared Einstein's theory of relativity to be 'Jewish world. Only a few years later they became the most active champions of the construction of the atom bomb.

These people were already victims of the 'cold' anti-Semitism of their native lands. Some years before. They marched out to the house of a famous Physicist who has just arrived and gave him an enthusiastic welcome by chanting in the twilight. Although the culprits were not discolored. Long before Hitler's seizure of power a small group of German physicists. The alarm which they then felt at the possibility that Hitler might be the first to possess so terrifying a weapon can only be understood when one realizes what abuse and persecution they had to endure from National Socialist students in and This arrogant inventor.

Talented young natural scientists such as Eugen Wigner. The matter was Investigated. John von Neumann. We scientists seem to be unable to apply these principles to the immensely complex problems of the political world and its social order.

For the time being professional achievement counted more than anything else.

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We are trained to subject our results to the most severe criticism. But the Gottingen atomic physicists.

In general we are. The adherents of 'German physics' who had become agitators no longer attracted much attention. Every day the newspapers reported meeting-hall riots between 'brown shirts' and members of other political parties.

Stork in German means 'strong'. It was in that he told the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists: It is a custom in science. The learned world of the Weimar Republic did not take very seriously these excursions of a few of their number into the foggy regions of demagogic racialism. Stark also held his eminent Munich colleague responsible for his dismissal from the University of Wurzburg. Political assassination became a commonplace event.

The growing agitation of the cranks. In reality Stark had been fired because he had used his Nobel prize money for the download. Adherence to these two principles results in our knowing very little. The reasons for this ostrich-like policy were clearly analysed by Franck fifteen years later.

With an obstinacy amounting to monomania they applied themselves even more intensively than before to their work. Unemployment statistics rose week by week. But neither his reference to the fact that he considered himself entitled to be treated as a 'patriotic German' after being shot in the stomach and badly gassed as a front-line soldier at Verdun in the First World War. But he had sufficient pride to dispense. For barely a month after Hitler's seizure of power telegraphic orders were received from Berlin for the immediate retirement of seven members of the Natural Science Faculty.

Our very objectivity prevents us from taking a strong stand in political differences. For there one knew one's fellow citizens too well to believe in the incessant flood of accusations from the new masters of the state.

Franck was at first exempted. Almost a hundred years before. There were brutal expulsions of respected scholars whose opinions or heredity were flung in their faces like crimes. The fame of the University of Gottingen had slowly grown over centuries of patient.

There were fiery speeches by political demagogues to proclaim the coming of the 'new order'. In Gottingen's retreat this seemed even more senseless and outrageous than in Other university cities. Now also. It was known for certain that the men who were being given notice to quit their posts were irreplaceable. Only one member. Most of them. So we took the easiest way out and hid in our ivory tower. It had spread throughout the world. A few months.

Gottingen would sink to the level of a provincial establishment. Max Born. Pupils from all Europe. We felt that neither the good nor the evil applications were our responsibility. At the Georgia Augusta. If they left. Only a single one of Gottingen's natural scientists had the courage to protest openly against the dismissal of the Jewish savants.

The great majority of the Gottingen professors deplored the invasion of their quiet retreat by demagogues and hatred. Instead of defending academic freedom and intellectual dignity forty-two lecturers and professors forwarded an infamous document to the headquarters of the local Gottingen group of the National Socialist Party. The intention was to cooperate in order to rescue what could still be salvaged.

Two days later he informed the public. Some weeks after these melancholy events the colleagues. On the eve of their chief's departure they wished to assure him of their gratitude and esteem. In 17 April he sent in his resignation.

This was the physiologist Krayer. His assistant Cario handed him. Through this policy the remaining professors became more or less disguised supporters of a regime destined to bring untold misfortune on the country it administered and on the world.

He did not allow him. When second. The great physicist's honourable attitude was. In this communication they condemned Franck's action as 'playing into the hands of foreign atrocity propaganda'. The new National Socialist Dozen. Though he was recognized by many. Had more sense than our new leaders! The more shamelessly the pretensions of halftruths and lies spread from one nation to another in public life. At the Universitets Institut for Teoretisk Fysik. The supposedly unworldly Bohr took more rapid and effective action than any other member of the family of physicists to help those of his colleagues who were.

The dearest account of the state of the university was given by the mathematician Hilbert. About a year after the great purge of Gottingen he was seated at a banquet in the place of honour next to the new Minister of Education.

Rust was unwary enough to ask: He drove to the station unaccompanied. The Dozentenfuhrer. It just doesn't exist any more! Franck was visibly moved as he acknowledged the gift. Engine didn't want to go. Next day he vacated his rooms in the Merckelstrasse villa. Herr Minister. The new dictators did not tolerate anything outside the items in their programmes and inflicted savage punishment upon the mildest critics of their plans. The 'spirit of Copenhagen'. It insisted upon the observation of everything from several points of view and postulated the eventual synthesis on another level which appeared to be contradictory.

BOHR [the Lord]: Hast thou naught else to say? Comest thou ever with complaint? Is physics never to thy mind? Bohr lacked. The free.

He showed no signs of offended pride when his ideas were sternly or even rudely criticized. The part of Mephisto was allotted to his pupil and tireless critic Wolfgang Pauli.

Those who. Many of those engaged in atomic research who were still resident in Germany found sudden and urgent invitations from Bohr in their letter boxes. One conversation between these two. E'en in my days of dule it grieves me sore and I must ever plague these physicists the more. He was neither a pedagogue nor a tyrant. The Lord in this play is obviously intended to be Bohr himself. I quite agree! What's that got to do with it?

We shall abolish it! It's not to criticize. If both mass and load are abolished.: I understand perfectly. In this situation we must remember the essential failure of classical concepts.. What we've got left will be the neutron! But Pauli. What for? Both pace to and fro. Stop talking rubbish! But we must uphold load.: Why not abolish load.: I must ask.: But Pauli! We're really much more in agreement than you think! Of course. I forbid you to speak!

And yet Bohr's activities were by no means confined to study. They smiled at his absent. If he travelled by trolley he was often so deep in thought that he not only passed his stop and went on to the terminal. As a young man he had been a useful member of a good team. I must say.

When Bohr left the castle on his bicycle for the Institute. I like to see the old chap now and then and take good care we don't fall out.

It was true that some frivolous people declared that he would sometimes. Perhaps for that very reason all who worked with him held him in such great honour and felt such warm affection for him as has seldom been the lot of any teacher. In mathematical knowledge he was greatly inferior to the majority of his audience.

Nearly all his lectures began with similar sentences. He went sailing with his pupils. He often spoke in too low a tone. Yet what he had to say went deeper and meant more. His pupils called this exordium 'Bohr's celebration of Mass'. Niels Bohr was a poor speaker. In the government had placed at his disposal. But his favourite game was always soccer.

It's jolly decent of so grand a Lord. He was one of those rare teachers who know how to apply caution and. The friendship between the German aristocrat and the expelled non-Aryan was rare because Weizsacker.

Such an interview might last for several hours and be prolonged until late at night. Carl Friedrich von Weizsacker was the highly gifted son of a prominent German diplomat. At this point. Frau Bohr would sometimes come quietly and unostentatiously into the room. Edward Teller was a Hungarian who had been famed to leave Germany on account of Hitler's racial decrees.

Bohr would check him. In the end the pupil would not only begin to discover the faults in his work but would also start remorselessly tearing it to pieces himself. Bohr's true greatness was most evident to his pupils in private conversation. Like Socrates. The students admired her domestic virtues even more.

Without a word. Among those who studied with him in Copenhagen during the year of crisis brought about by Hitler's seizure of power were two unusually different friends. Those who had known Bohr longer were well aware that. It was no wonder that so many eminent natural scientists emerged from his classes.

Bohr was a midwife of ideas.

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By asking certain questions. When a new piece of work was submitted to him. For in a small group of physicists. As a result of the interest he soon began to take in the 4uantun theory he planned to continue his studies under Sommerfeld in Munich.

He repeatedly argued that it might be one's duty to find some good in the regime of which he had come to know the dark side only too well in Copenhagen. He assumed that his former fellow student. Heisenberg had just been appointed a professor there and was starting to collect a band Of talented young pupils. Weizsacker had really intended to study general philosophy. He made no secret of his hopes in this respect and at first would not allow the sceptical Teller to convince him of the opposite view.

Five years later these political discussions. It was at Leipzig that Teller first met the dreamy. In reality. Hitler and his movement.

Finding that he was rather late he alighted from the Moving trolley in front of the main station so hurriedly that he was knocked down and his right foot amputated.

Weizsacker had by that time entirely got over his illusions about National Socialist though only his most intimate friends in Germany knew it. But he saw little more of the Bavarian capital than the four walls of a hospital. The friendship between him and Weizsacker was founded less upon their common interest in science than on their love of poetry.

Two of these places were especially popular with the physicists. Another game which had a serious background consisted of the questionnaires they submitted to each other. In the ensuing debate one of the partners was only allowed to indicate his position by putting adroit questions in the style of the Platonic dialogues. The first had picked up so much mathematics over the Years from her learned guests that she was fond of expounding to them her own theories of heaven and earth.

He lived as the unmarried men who worked at Bohr's Institute did. They enjoyed close argument so much that Teller invented a discussion game. From time to time one of them had to try to convince the other of the truth of an utterly paradoxical statement. After Teller had obtained his doctor's degree at Leipzig he went to Gottingen to work under Born.

Not from dry. Only a few people guessed that he wrote poems in secret. One of the propositions which Weizsacker tried to prove in those days was. He had married a girl he had known when he was a boy. Weizsacker was in the habit of going to Teller's room about midnight for friendly disputes that lasted till two o'clock in the morning.

To the question. After Hitler came to power Teller escaped to Copenhagen by way of London. It was a matter for debate which of these two ladies was the more extraordinary character. The next question was: One of these translations. Hardly any country yet understood that the admission of refugees who brought with them. But this life of dependence pleased no one. The indefatigable Bohr.

The Lord takes all whom he strikes and loves. Copenhagen could be only a temporary refuge for the many atomic-research scientists who had escaped from Central Europe. Earth sends her laughter up to them and. It could not go on for ever. In reply to a further question he compared himself. This proved to be less easy than it had appeared.

Teller often used to translate into German verses by the Hungarian poet Ady. Until they were allowed to work in physics institutes and even to publish a periodical in German.

A terrible fate eventually overtook them there. They probably saved the lives of the two Western scientists. Houtermans and. The two emissaries were regarded by Stalin's secret police as espionage scouts and could only report to Copenhagen. In the first two years after Hitler's accession to power the United States was still suffering from the consequences of the great economic crisis that had begun in But during that year they fell victims. The fact was that Stalin's promotion of Soviet patriotism and the growing fear of sabotage and spies had already begun to make the curtain between the Soviet Union and the rest of the world more and more impenetrable.

They were sent to Siberia. But when Albert Einstein. Attempts were made to extract false confessions from them. The West at first suspected nothing of all this.

Bohr actually sent to the Soviet Union. They were thrown into prison and tortured. A provisional corner. Only the United States. The Pope of Physics has moved and the United States will now become the centre of the natural sciences.

Petitions signed by Einstein. It was surprising that the Russians. There the two men were delivered up by the Ogpu to their 'colleagues' of the Gestapo. The Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard. If the propagation of such transformations in matter can be brought about. In Hardly anyone heard it.

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He said there: Three years later Fredric Joliot-Curie went to Stockholm to receive with his wife. He had been barely a year at the Technical Academy in Budapest before he was. Fritz Houtermans stated in his inaugural address to the Technical Academy in Berlin that this tiny particle.

But the knock was a very gentle one. Only one professional investigator drew. His statement attracted little serious attention. In James Chadwick discovered the neutron.

Weissberg were at first offered Soviet citizenship and restoration to all the offices they had formerly occupied. There he began by joining the Technical Academy at Charlottenburg and in the following year matriculated at the university. The war was going badly for the Triple Alliance. They gave Szilard so passionate an aversion to everything military that nearly thirty years later he replied to an American reporter who asked him what his hobby was: He therefore stayed only six weeks in Vienna before leaving for England.

In the autumn of When Hitler achieved power Szilard first went to Vienna. At first I suspected beryllium. But so many investigators and their teams were already working at such problems that it seemed the solution might not be far off.

The vivacious. As soon as this discovery. He was wondering as a realistic student of future events. Under their influence Szilard.

It was true that hitherto no one had been able to penetrate to the hard core of the atom and harness its slumbering energy to practical purposes. But for some reason or other the crucial experiment was never carried out. Lord Rutherford made a speech in which he ob. His suggestion was for the most part repudiated. It is something which.

That was the business of a different faculty. After all. I mean the neutron. I'm much more worried about something else. The underestimation of politics by men of science was surpassed at that time. And yet Szilard was already talking of what should be done with the prize! At that time he understood as little as most of his fellow men that great scientific discoveries may have a more lasting effect upon history than mighty dictators.

So little are we ourselves. It won't be long before he breaks his neck like all other tyrants. Paul Langevin. Ought not scientists to realize that Possibility here and now? Such considerations caused Szilard. He later made an attempt to answer such questions. The physicist Emilio Segre had taken part in those successful but wrongly interpreted experiments in the Italian capital.

Would Mussolini and Hitler then have been the first to develop an atom bomb? Would the atomic-armaments race have begun before the Second World War? Would that war. Their existence had been predicted by Rutherford no less than seventeen years previously. From until the end of they simply refused to believe what their instruments told them. The scientists themselves were not aware of it. Investigators in all countries immediately attempted to repeat the experiment to discover the nature of the radiation mentioned.

Seven fateful years were now to pass before physicists recognized the full significance of the neutron. No later than a month after they had published their first results. Roosevelt was elected November Only since the end of At the Zurich Physics Congress in the announcement by the Germans Bothe and Pecker that they had observed a very strong. What extraordinary coincidence that in the same twelve months the neutron was discovered February Two decades afterwards.

JoliotCurie and his wife solved the puzzle to some extent.

It is interesting to speculate what the consequences would have been if the chain reaction in uranium had been correctly interpreted. Chadwick owed his rapid success in large part to the superiority of his measuring instruments.

These gifts were no longer considered sufficient. Only scientific equipment can make those objects perceptible and measurable by the use of apparatus. These new galleries of instruments were naturally expensive. I can remember being surprised. Funds had formerly been provided annually by wealthy individuals for the growing expenses of the laboratories: Workshops for practical atomic research began more and more to resemble factory assembly halls and the specialists themselves engineers.

In no physics-research establishment in the world possessed such excellent instruments as the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge. State intervention was found more and more necessary. Up to the end of the First World War the Cavendish Laboratory had never spent more than Pounds a year on new apparatus.

This brought about by degrees a change in the relation of atomic scientists to society at large. These implements. Atomic physicists can never perceive and examine the objects of their studies with the naked eye. He wrote later: Gradually this figure rose until by the thirties it was already several times that amount. The further they tried to penetrate into the unknown the heavier and more complex such equipment became.

In C. Some governments. Investigators were accustomed to concocting them. Having no son himself he lavished all the vigilance. In those years it never occurred to them that their new patron. Their expectation was even more justified because Rutherford had managed to collect an altogether exceptional team of collaborators. The Kapitza Club. Others proved more reluctant. In Kapitza had left his native land. John Cockcroft. Nor should one forget the temperamental Australian Marcus Oliphant.

Whenever he suspected that one of his 'lads' was on the way to bringing some new discovery to light. Rutherford called them simply his 'boys'. Kapitza used to ask every two minutes. One was the somewhat melancholy Aston. These men worked as a kind of subsection directed by the Russian physicist Pyotr L.

Blackett was outstanding among the rest. In cases where public assistance had originally been insignificant the atomic specialists often applied with eventual success for larger subsidies. Ham Bethe reports. On these occasions. Since the Cavendish Laboratory was at that time technically so much better equipped than any other experimental station in the world. A tall. Another was the invariably good-humoured Japanese Shimizu.

Whether he was motoring at top speed along the quiet English country roads. But above all Rutherford felt in Kapitza a kindred spirit. It used to be said of Rutherford: He had the same capacity as his master for enthusiastic enjoyment of life..

We could not go further as the coil burst with a great bang which no doubt would amuse you very much if you could hear it. One couldn't be friendly with a force of Nature. He once wrote to Rutherford. The power in the circuit was about He loved wrestling with machinery and defying danger. He admired the Russian's stubborn obstinacy. I am writing you this letter to Cairo to tell you that we already have a shortcircuit machine and the coil and we managed to obtain fields of over He had himself photographed lying close to the wheels of a car.

Even when Kapitza was simply posing for an ordinary photo. For a long time Kapitza was undoubtedly Rutherford's favourite. He determined to send on to Kapitza in Russia the entire. It was a crocodile which had been chiselled in the stone at the special request of Kapitza by the renowned British sculptor Eric Gill. Named after the chemist and multimillionaire Mend. Like science. When Kapitza was asked what so utterly outlandish a creature was doing there.

Rutherford wrote to Moscow requesting that he should be allowed. He was told. The crocodile cannot turn its head. But this time things did not go quite so smoothly.

Rutherford was tireless in securing new facilities for Kapitza's 'baby giants' of high voltage. Our Pyotr has a hard head. On the formers recommendation a special laboratory was built for them by the Royal Society and the Department for Scientific and Industrial Research.

One of Kapitza's relatives. In the Russian Academy of Science. The astonished participants in the opening ceremony beheld. Kapitza thereupon paid a visit to his native land. Kapitza was not at first given the opportunity to use his new laboratory. It was not the first time that this semi-emigrant had undertaken a homeward journey. Rutherford took a step which showed both his immeasurable faith in the international character of science and his affection for his lost favourite.

The Russian government replied: The British scientists Adrian and Dirac travelled to Moscow to arrange the transfer of all this valuable and bulky apparatus. Kapitza resigned himself to his gilded cage.

The real reason lay deeper and was bound up with the urge and fascination of a search into one of the deepest secrets of Nature. One day. It also had a disrupting effect upon the Cavendish Laboratory as a whole. They accepted important appointments at other universities. Rutherford immediately rebuked them.

The Eternal City had for some years been developing into the capital of the world of physics. A small operation. Rutherford's own mighty frame. First Blackett went. The Russian government. The same thing happened again a few days later. In he wrote to Rutherford: With him disappeared a scholar of the old breed whose desire to understand the nature of the world of atoms arose simply from love of truth.

It was shipped aboard a Soviet freighter in an English harbour and soon afterwards arrived at Leningrad all mixed up with a cargo of frozen meat. Ah that we can manage is to deflect our tracks slightly and keep afloat. But it turned out badly. You're shaking the table!

It worried Crowe. Even his first theoretical studies created a considerable sensation. Fermi did not disappoint them. Radioactivity had been artificially generated. The first was the extraordinary circumstance that the radioactivity of a metal bombarded with neutrons was a hundred times as great when the neutrons had previously been slowed down by water or paraffin.

I went to see and admire the Colosseum. Fermi's decision to devote himself to atomic physics instead of. Arnold Sommerfeld's star pupil. A typical reaction was that of Bethe. Fermi's able wife. The work was so exciting that d'Agostino. He meant accordingly to try his hand for once. In the course of these experiments Fermi and his closest collaborators made two important discoveries. Results with the first eight elements tested were negative.

He has a marvellous faculty for immediately seeing the solution of any problem submitted to him. His subsequent success soon proved he was right. They made frequent journeys to Rome just to meet the Italian. But the best thing in Rome is undoubtedly Fermi. His latest article on beta rays had been declined by Nature. But Fermi. Fermi had just experienced a setback. But with the ninth element.

He believed it to be a transuranic element and wished to give it the name of 'bohemium'. He had been able to demonstrate the powerful effects of the neutron. For in She not only demonstrated that the Italian physicist had not really submitted in his chemical analysis any convincing evidence of his claim.

Frau Noddack had discovered in She also advanced a bold hypo. The second turned out to be an illusion. She and her husband were regarded as the leading authorities on the chemical analysis of the 'rare earths'. In they received from a Czechoslovakian chemist named Koblic a specimen of a red salt he had extracted from the uranium mines in Joachimsthal. He had. Many laboratories now began to conduct experiments like Fermi's. The Noddacks proved conclusively. It would be conceivable that when heavy nuclei are bombarded with neutrons the nuclei in question might break into a number.

Ida Noddack pronounced an equally unfavourable verdict on Fermi's 'transuranic elements'. Fermi's work. Ida and Walter Noddack. The first discovery was later proved correct and had a decisive influence on the subsequent development of atomic physics. The truth was not that Fermi had created new transuranic elements with his neutrons. It would be equally possible to assume that when a nucleus is demolished in this novel way by neutrons nuclear reactions occur which may differ considerably from those hitherto observed in the effects produced on atomic nuclei by proton and alpha rays.

Only one critical comment was heard in the midst of the general applause. To suppose that the neutrons. When this criticism and the suggestion arising out of it reached Fermi in Rome he did not take them seriously. These machines were already capable of accelerating certain particles used as projectiles up to the enormous energy of nine million volts.

Hahn answered that he did not want to make me look ridiculous as my assumption of the bursting of the uranium nucleus into larger fragments was really absurd.

In order to understand why neither Fermi not the Hahn-Meitner research team took Frau Noddack's hypothesis seriously. Fermi's transuranic elements were being intensively studied under the direction of Hahn and his colleague from Vienna. In the United States. He was all the more convinced that he was right when Otto Hahn. Since Rutherford's first experiments the artillery of the besiegers of the atomic nucleus had frown in strength and multiplicity.

Frau Noddack reports: I had just as lasting doubts of their identification of the separate transuranic elements through the latter's chemical properties as I had about Fermi's interpretation.

Fraulein Lise Meitner. In numerous publications between and Hahn and Meitner described exhaustively the chemical properties of the new bodies which had come into existence as a result of bombardment by neutrons. My husband and I had known Hahn well for decades and he had often inquired about the progress of our work.

The idea that neutrons, which carried no electrical charge at all might have been able to accomplish what could not be done with such heavily charged projectiles was too fantastic to be credited. It was as though one were to suggest to troops which had been vainly shelling an underground shelter with guns of the heaviest calibre for a long time that they should start trying their luck with ping-pong balls.

And yet it was not only on technical grounds that the atomic scientists of the period so often overlooked the truth. We may ask, for example, what Italy's war against Abyssinia meant to Fermi, who was just then making such splendid progress with his studies.

We know from the statements of his collaborators how greatly the work of his team was disturbed by the war, by the turning of world opinion against Italy and, arising from this intensification of feeling, by the closer watch kept by politicians upon all intellectuals, including those of the Institute in the Via Panisperna.

According to Segre the atlas in the Institute library soon started opening automatically at the page for Abyssinia. Instead of discussing bombardments with neutrons Fermi and his young men argued about the shelling of Abyssinian strongholds.

The atmosphere was not one in which clear thinking and scientific self-criticism could thrive. The accounts of research, in their scientific sobriety, make no mention of the influence of such political or even private interference.

When they are read today the course of this comedy of errors becomes clear, with all its wrong turnings and gropings, which none of those concerned could ever understand later. The reports, though, say nothing whatever about the people who participated in the work, how they lived or what they felt. The public remained unaware that between the two figures who played leading roles in the drama of the uranium experiments an intense dispute had developed.

The friction started in October at the Solvay Congress in Brussels. Madame Joliot had given an account, with her husband, of her bombardment of aluminium with neutrons. What happened next is told by Joliot: Our report led to a lively discussion. Fraulein Meitner announced that she had made similar experiments but had not obtained the same results.

In the end the great majority of the physicists present came to the conclusion that our experiments had been inexact. After the session we felt rather desperate. At that. Shortly afterwards Pauli encouraged us in similar fashion. The Joliots, on their return to Paris, resumed their work. The report which Fraulein Meitner had criticized in Brussels became the foundation of the Joliots' most important discovery - artificial radioactivity. This did not improve relations between the laboratories in the rue d'Ulm and Berlin-Dahlem.

Hahn even complained to Rutherford of the Joliots later on. The British scientist answered: Actually, I wrote my paper when I was in my cottage in Wiltshire on holiday, where I had no papers to refer to.

I had glanced through the Joliots' paper and thought that the evidence was rather vague and I gave expression to that view in my address.

I shall make a point of putting the matter right when I have the opportunity. On one occasion, in , Fraulein Meitner directed her pupil von Droste to repeat in Dahlem certain experiments which had been carried out in Paris with the bombardment of thorium. Madame Joliot-Curie had declared that the thoriumisotope sent out alpha rays under radiation. Droste did not find any such rays.

Once more Fraulein Meitner believed she had convicted her rival of inaccuracy. And once more she was mistaken. Droste experimented not only with thorium, but also with uranium. If he had not, in the latter case, introduced a filter to avert particles with a range of under three centimetres, he would not only on that occasion have realized that Madame Joliot's results were as she had stated but would also have necessarily found, there and then, fission products from uranium.

So near had experiment come, even at that date, to the discovery of uranium fission. Irene Joliot-Curie's next paper on transuranic elements appeared in the summer of , with the Yugoslav Savitch as co-author.

They mentioned a substance which did not 6it in with the pattern for these elements worked out meanwhile by Hahn and his collaborators. It was said in Dahlem, 'Madame Joliot-Curie is still relying on the chemical knowledge she received from her famous mother and that knowledge is just a bit out of date today. He thought it desirable not to reveal his French colleague's negligence to the entire world in a scientific periodical.

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She wrote: This fear may have influenced her attitude to strangers. She was also entirely indifferent to social conventions. She had a strong inner feeling of selfsufficiency which might be mistaken for a lack of amiability. But no reply to Hahn's note came from Paris. On the contrary, Madame Joliot committed a further 'sin'.

She published a second article, based on the data of the first. Hahn refused to read it, in spite of being urged to do so by his assistant Strassmann. He was thoroughly disgusted with the unteachability of his Parisian colleague. Besides, he was being worried, that same summer of , by a problem which had nothing to do with physics. Attempts were being made to deprive him of his alter ego. The boundaries set up because Mariam is a harami are invisible rather than physical.

As a result, Mariam believes, as she enters Herat, that they are easily surmountable. Active Themes A young woman opens the door, and when Mariam introduces herself, she runs inside. Mariam races past him into the garden, a spectacular courtyard with a fishpond and fruit trees, before seeing a face for an instant in the upstairs window. The driver catches up to Mariam, picks her up, and carries her into the car. At first, Mariam remains confident that Jalil will return and embrace her fully.

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