Science: At Wittenberg

In the play, Hamlet's greeting to his college mate Horatio was: "But what, in faith, make you from Wittenberg?" At that German university Martin Luther taught philosophy in 1508. Hamlet, before his father's murder had muddled his feelings and emotions, had spent happy undergraduate semesters there. He longed to return. But his uncle-stepfather* urged: "For your intent in going back to school in Wittenberg, it is most retrograde to our desire; and we beseech you, bend you to remain here, in the cheer and comfort of our eye, our chiefest courtier, cousin, and...

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