Books: Scientists' Scientist

WILLARD GIBBS — Muriel Rukeyser—Doubleday, Doran ($3.50).

"They laugh best who laugh last," Biographer Rukeyser quotes from William James. "Wait till we're dead twenty years. Look at the way they're now treating poor Willard Gibbs, who during his lifetime car hardly have been considered any great shakes at New Haven." Readers unable to place (Josiah) Willard Gibbs need not fret about it. Paradoxically, Gibbs is perhaps best known for his obscurity, a personal blackout which has become legendary. Professors, publicists, prominent Yale men for years have publicly confessed ignorance of Yale's most...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!