A tale of two continents by Abraham Pais

By Abraham Pais

The writer of a hugely acclaimed biorgaphy of Einstein, sophisticated is the Lord, Pais writes engagingly for a common viewers. He movingly descibes his interval of hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland (he ended the conflict in a Gestapo felony) sooner than taking inventory of his lifestyles in the USA, quite within the newly equipped Institute for complicated learn in Princeton, then directed through the intense and debatable physicist Robert Oppenheimer. Pais new and labored with a few of the greats of twentieth-century physics, and he relates many desirable tales approximately Oppenheimer, Einstein, Bohr, Sakharov, Dirac, Heisenberg, and von Neumann, in addition to approximately non-scientists like Chaim Weizmann, George Kennan, Erwin Panofsky, and Pablo Casals. His enthusiasm approximately technology and lifestyles often pervades a ebook that's either a memoir and a heritage of technology.

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Susan Manning —— Young Goodman Brown and Other Tales, ed. Brian Harding THE SCARLET LETTER This page intentionally left blank PREFACE to the second edition Much to the author’s surprise, and (if he may say so without additional offence) considerably to his amusement, he finds that his sketch of official life, introductory to The Scarlet Letter, has created an unprecedented excitement in the respectable community* immediately around him. It could hardly have been more violent, indeed, had he burned down the Custom-House, and quenched its last smoking ember in the blood of a certain venerable personage, against whom he is supposed to cherish a peculiar malevolence.

According to this argument, Hawthorne’s indeterminacy encapsulates, in literary form, a deeply flawed political view which holds that the nation can incorporate both slavery and freedom. In other words, the narrative style of Hawthorne’s novel, which appeared the same year as the Compromise of 1850, is thus understood to be a literary version of that Compromise which staved off the Civil War for eleven years by outlawing slavery in California and Washington DC, but allowing it (by not prohibiting it) in the territories of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada.

Externally, the jollity of aged men has much in common with the mirth of children; the intellect, any more than a deep sense of humor, has little to do with the matter; it is, with both, a gleam that plays upon the surface, and imparts a sunny and cheery aspect alike to the green branch, and gray, mouldering trunk. In one case, however, it is real sunshine; in the other, it more resembles the phosphorescent glow of decaying wood. It would be sad injustice, the reader must understand, to represent all my excellent old friends as in their dotage.

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