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the one on the page, and another behind that


Plate 5
(cropped from border, and rearranged)
Fig. 16 [upper left] Alloy with 45 per cent. V. × 200 diameters
Fig. 17 [upper right] Alloy with 63 per cent. Sn. V. × 300 diameters.
Fig. 18 [lower left] Alloy with 65 per cent. Sn. V. × 200 diameters
Fig. 19 [lower right] Alloy with 74 per cent. Sn. V. × 200 diameters
Walter Rosenhain (1875-1934 *), with P. A. Tucker. “Eutectic Research.—No. 1. The Alloys of Lead and Tin.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 209 (1908) : 89-122 (followed by plates 5-9)
Pennsylvania State University copy, digitized August 23, 2012

I think of Rosenhain as one who has deployed and leveraged his energy, discipline, clarity and (scientific) talents, so as to be in the presence of — and, indeed, to assist in the revealing of — beauty in some constant degree.

“All the most important things in his life, [Godfrey] St. Peter sometimes reflected, had been determined by chance.”

opening of “The Professor,” the last (of three) books in Willa Cather her The Professor’s House (1925) : *
(epigram from preceding page, near end of “Tom Outland’s Story”)

30 November 2013

chance; W. Rosenhain & P. A. Tucker, “Eutectic Research... The Alloys of Lead and Tin” (1908); Willa Cather, The Professor’s House (1925)