Personal accounts by 18 senior physicists of their undergraduate and postgraduate days in the inter-war period (1918-1939). The narratives illuminate the teaching and research pursuits of physicists in a period when physics was undergoing some remarkable changes and the revolutionary ideas of the first two decades of this century were finding their way into the teaching syllabus. Of great interest to physicists, educationalists, historians of science and the general science readers.
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Introduction. Reminiscences (R W Ditchburn). Reminiscences of Sheffield and Cambridge (T E Allibone). A Cambridge research student in the 1920s (B Swirles Jeffreys). Recollections of physics at Trinity College, University of Dublin in the 1920s (E T S Walton). Cambridge 1923-6: Undergraduate mathematics (Sir William McCrea). An Anglo-Scottish university education (G C McVittie). Recollections of student years in Germany (H A Breck). Learning and teaching quantum mechanics 1926-33: Cambridge, Copenhagen and Manchester (Sir Nevill Mott). Physics in Cambridge in the late 1920s (F A B Ward). Undergraduate in Paris 1926-8: Graduate student and Dr Phil in Berlin 1928-31 (N Kurti). The education of physicists between the wars (H FrIhlich). Physics in a minor department 1927-36 (H Lipson). Teaching and research in the Cavendish of 1929-35 (D Shoenberg). Oxford physics in transition 1929-39 (R V Jones). Student days and apprenticeship with CTR (J G Wilson). The Scottish scene in the inter-war years (Sir Samuel Curran). Bristol and Manchester - the years 1931-9 (Sir Bernard Lovell). Some thoughts on physics courses in Cambridge: 1931-7 (W E Burcham). Appendices. Index.
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