Science: Schr

Only in the precarious peace of Eire could Europe today provide such a spectacle. At Dublin's Trinity College last month crowds were turned away from a jampacked scientific lecture.* Cabinet ministers, diplomats, scholars and socialites loudly applauded a slight, Vienna-born professor of physics. Erwin Schrödinger was speaking on the subject "What Is Life?"

Schrödinger has a way with him. His soft, cheerful speech, his whimsical smile are engaging. And Dubliners are proud to have a Nobel prizewinner living among them.† But what especially appeals to the Irish is Schrödinger's study of Gaelic, Irish music and Celtic design, his hobby of making tiny...

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