Analogies in Physics and Life: A Scientific Autobiography by Richard M. Weiner

By Richard M. Weiner

Analogies play a basic function in technological know-how. to appreciate how and why, at a given second, a definite analogy was once used, one has to grasp the categorical, old situations below which the hot suggestion was once constructed. This historic historical past is rarely awarded in medical articles and fairly not often in books. For the final reader, the undergraduate or graduate scholar who learns the topic for the 1st time, but in addition for the practitioner who appears to be like for concept or who desires to comprehend what his colleague operating in one other box does, those old conditions may be interesting and worthwhile. This publication discusses a sequence of analogy results in subatomic physics, the prediction and conception of which the writer has contributed to within the final 50 years. those phenomena are offered at a degree obtainable to the non-specialist, with out formulae yet with emphasis at the own and historic heritage: memoirs of conferences, discussions and correspondence with collaborators and associates. As such, along with its medical features, the e-book constitutes an soaking up witness account of a holocaust survivor who for this reason illegally crossed the Iron Curtain to flee communist persecution.

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I remember that in the room of about 15-square meters where we lived for weeks, there were no fewer than 25 people, who could lie down only in shifts. After that began the deportations to Transnistria, a region in the Ukraine, East of the river Dniestr. Three quarters of the Jewish population of Czernowitz were deported. And Czernowitz was a fortunate exception, because in the rest of the Bukowina the entire Jewish population shared this fate. Of those deported, the majority perished in the camps.

For this reason, when we moved in 1945 to Romania, our first stop was Suceava, a small town in Southern Bukowina, where I passed, in two months, some equivalence examinations, which entitled me to enter the sixth grade of the lyceum. In Suceava I also had an experience which would play a decisive role in my future life. In 1941 the Soviets, before leaving Czernowitz, had requisitioned and then burnt all the radio sets to insulate the population from any contact with the outside world. (After the war this Soviet disinformation policy would continue by jamming Western broadcasts).

When the newly arrived Soviets entered such a restaurant they were amazed to find here a menu, from which one could choose. They were even more surprised that they could order as many courses as they liked. While in capitalist countries the poorer people did not have enough money, in the Soviet Union money was, apparently, not a problem; the problem was that there was nothing to buy with that money. Therefore in the restaurants, orders by the emaciated Soviets of omelettes made of ten eggs became standard.

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