Dancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de la Tour du by Caroline Moorehead

By Caroline Moorehead

Her canvases have been the courtroom of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette; the good Terror; the United States on the time of Washington and Jefferson; Paris below the Directoire after which lower than Napoleon; Regency London; the conflict of Waterloo; and, for the final years of her lifestyles, the Italian ducal courts. She witnessed firsthand the loss of life of the French monarchy, the wave of the Revolution and the Reign of Terror, and the precipitous upward push and fall of Napoleon. Lucie Dillon—a daughter of French and British the Aristocracy recognized in France via her married identify, Lucie de l. a. travel du Pin—was the chronicler of her age.

In this compelling biography, Caroline Moorehead illuminates the intense existence and memorable achievements of this powerful, witty, stylish, opinionated, and dynamic lady who survived own tragedy and the devastation wrought by way of momentous ancient occasions.

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After eventually settling in at the Physico-Technical Institute, he continued writing his book, having been further encouraged of the need for such a work from his discussions with experimentalists there. The only treatment available at the time4 was the Handbuch article (of the same title) by Sommerfeld and Bethe, dating from 1933. P. H. Wilson in Cambridge (Wilson 1931), had developed a rather detailed theory of semiconductors (Bronstein 1932, 1933)—then a quite new field, somewhat disparagingly known as ‘dirt physics’ (‘Dreckphysik’) because of the crucial role played by impurities in determining the electronic properties of these materials.

Fowler immediately forwarded his letter to Redcliffe Salaman of the Academic Committee of the Central Jewish Relief Fund in England. The following month (on 15 July), Fröhlich wrote directly to Walter Adams, the General Secretary of the Academic Assistance In this chapter ‘Moving on’ is taken from the title of an interview Fröhlich gave in 1983 [F188], in which he recalled his wartime experiences. J. 1007/978-3-319-14851-9_3 27 28 3 Moving on: The Years of Exile Fig. 1 Fröhlich as ‘Foreign Expert’ in Leningrad (St.

Phys. Stat. Sol. : The Labyrinth: Memoirs of Walter Schellenberg. Hitler’s Chief of Counterintelligence. 1 From Germany to Russia, via England Whilst in Strasbourg, Fröhlich received an invitation from Frenkel to go—as a ‘Foreign Expert’—to the Physico-Technical Institute in what was then Leningrad (now St. F. Joffe. This invitation arose from the paper with Bethe [F8], mentioned in Chap. 2, which turned out to be the last one Fröhlich wrote before leaving Germany, in which, it will be recalled, they had shown that a recent attempt by Frenkel (1933) to understand certain aspects of superconductivity was flawed.

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