“Gravitation”

im Regal

»[…] lange trug er auch ein dickes Buch über Gravitation mit sich, dass er, solange er es las, gar nicht aus den Händen legen wollte. […]«

St. B. erinnert sich (email vom 4. Juli 2017)

Anlaß für dieses Zitat ist M. B.s Hinweis auf einen Artikel im Feuilleton der FAZ vom 8. Dezember 2017: “Avantgardist der Geometrie” (Autor ungenannt, siehe nachfolgendes Zitat).

Morgen, Sonntag, am 10 Dezember, am Internationalen Tag der Allgemeinen Erklärung der Menschenrechte, wird einem der drei Autoren von “Gravitation, Kip Thorne, der Nobelpreis für Physik verliehen.

Princeton

»An „Gravitation“ von Thorne, John Archibald Wheeler und Charles W. Misner ist so ziemlich alles erstaunlich. Der Umfang von fast 1300 Seiten, das Gewicht von mehr als drei Kilo und der märchenhafte Erfolg. Dabei handelt es sich bei dem „big black book“ oder „the phone book“, wie es unter Studenten auch genannt wird, eigentlich um ein akademisches Lehrwerk, einen mit mathematischem Formelwerk gespickten Fortgeschrittenenkurs in einer der anspruchsvollsten Teildisziplinen der theoretischen Physik: der von Albert Einstein entwickelten modernen Theorie der Schwerkraft, einem Feld obendrein, das bis vor kurzem noch im Ruf besonderer Anwendungsferne stand.«

Beiden “Kontributanten”, Freunden, mein Dank.

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One Leather Briefcase, One Dusty Carton

Leather Briefcase

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This briefcase probably was a farewell gift when Dorl moved away from BC, Canada, to spend part of the year of 1970 at Austria. The written material is childish and playful, but in short time at the Höhere Schule he established his reputation as beeing very good at math. He didn’t finish with Matura but went back to Vancouver to enroll at UBC and back again, this time to Berlin. He finally passed Studienkolleg and was able to matriculate at FU in Physics. This was in 1972, at the age of 19.

Finally the mystery has been solved: where the heck went the vanished chess piece?!

The calendar, included in the brief case, is most sophisticated, methinks.

Corrugated Box, Containing ‘Survivals’
see entry: Tuesday, 4 July, scroll down to: Three “survival” kits

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It was probably in 2009 when Dorl emptied his pockets and filed everything away.

Monday, 11 September

Freedom’s not sold out for enterprisers: Canada
a to-do-list, mid-Seventies

1974/75 /78

  • Wirtschafts- und Immobilientreuhand / Canada – A proposal for long term and secure investment: become a member with a 10 000 DM payment.

This was most probably a tongue-in-cheek suggestion towards a pretty pennyless young student.

  • Robert Minder; Geist und Macht oder Einiges über die Familie Brentano – a bookish gift by trusty friend M***
  • Changes to the commentary of the university calendar WS 73/74 Physics
  • handwritten notes to W.W. Stepanow; Lehrbuch der Differentialgleichungen, 4 1/2 double pages (1973)
  • further notes about math, mechanics, chemical field placement for physics and theory of harmony (1973 /74)
  • Ausbildungskommission Fachbereich Physik

Should political questions have part in the basic class of Physics? This illustrates the political climate after 1968.

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Die Zeit; November 1977 – A discussion about chances in the future for young students – the competition gets tougher
  • Notes and foto copies about Udicil (Cytarabin)
  • Kongressbulletin Internationales Symposium der Deutschen Akademie für Psychoanalyse (DAP), 8. – 12. Oktober 1978: Psychosomatische Erkrankung und Depression; Numbers 2 – 5
  • Lothlórien / Der Flötenspieler – Ein Märchen von Werner Zillig (publisher? year?)

As a student Dorl joined reading circles (as reading Achim von Arnim, Isabella von Ägypten),  and with others he played Hausmusik, house concerts. He played cello, but also liked playing the recorder and the transverse flute.

He also jobbed as a male nurse in the Malteser Krankenhaus where his mother worked as physician. Here are some notes, part German, part English

1981 / 1983

  • Seminararbeit Kunstgeschichte
    Adrian Koerfer; Zweimal Sommer – Ein Vergleich von Claude Monets “Sommer” und Otto Muellers “Sommertag”
  • K. P. Rajappan Nair; A FORTRAN Program for the Calculation of Hyperfine Structure and Stark Effect in the Rotational Transition of 2Σ Diatomic Molecule

These are some of works written by friends and colleagues. Dorl read them, and discussed them sometimes.

1989

  • update information for road traffic adjudgement and tax laws

While we spent the year in Borken, Westfalia, Dorl tried to study in Fern-Uni Hagen and also ordered these law texts. He found work as a free associate at a computer consulting enterprise. While he also supported the bookshop and looked after our small children I wonder how he managed it all.

One Cabinet Filled With Documents

It shall take some time before I’ll go into detail about the documents and printouts that were stacked in here.

Today, however, pars pro toto, there’ll be an excursion through one of the piles hidden within:

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