Bird of passage: Recollections of a physicist by Rudolf Peierls

By Rudolf Peierls

Here is the intensely own and sometimes funny autobiography of 1 of the main distinctive theoretical physicists of his iteration, Sir Rudolf Peierls. Born in Germany in 1907, Peierls was once certainly a poultry of passage," whose occupation of fifty-five years took him to major facilities of physics--including Munich, Leipzig, Zurich, Copenhagen, Cambridge, Manchester, Oxford, and J. Robert Oppenheimer's Los Alamos. Peierls was once an enormous player within the innovative improvement of quantum mechanics within the Twenties and Thirties, operating with many of the pioneers and, as he places it, "some of the good characters" during this field.

Originally released in 1985.

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1 9 5 can be interpreted to characterize her as being interested in religion in general. In both cases, however, the context seems to support the traditional imderstanding o f these passages. 2. Life History 33 3. The situation in Palestine in 66 We have just heard that when Josephus returned from Rome he tried to suppress the Revolt {Vita 17-19). This remark leads us into the midst of the seething situation which existed in Palestine, and especially in Jerusalem during the months preceding the outbreak of the War in the early summer of 66.

It actuaUy appears to be a pro-Roman, but at the same time patriotic upper-class poUcy: Attempts are made to subdue the extremist forces; to remain in contact with the king and thereby with Rome; to preserve the entire area as a unity; to carry on a wait-andsee delaying poUcy, but primarily to attempt to maintain control of the population. Therefore, the necessary compromises are made and the defence against the expected counter-attack is in preparation. This poUcy corresponded to that which the high priest Ananus as head of government in Jerusalem (according to Bell.

2, esp. 539). The War was now inevitable. It was also precipitated by the bitter combats between the Jewish and non-Jewish populations in the Hellenistic cities in Palestine and Syria and by the terrible massacres of the Jewish minorities in many of these places {Vita 25-27; cf. Bell. 457-483, to which Josephus refers in Vita 27). For the Jewish war party the revolt against Rome and the clash between it and the proRoman and often anti-Semitic Hellenistic city population in Palestine were two sides of the basic struggle between Judaism and Hellenism which had prevailed ever since the days of the Maccabees.

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