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    Scientists: Group of Ten Letters written to fellow-scientist Marvin C. Goodall. Most of the letters are regarding fellowship applications and, more interestingly, a paper Goodall had written which confused several of the scientists.
    1. E. Schrodinger Typed Letter Signed. One and one-quarter pages, Dublin, July 25, 1945, on letterhead reading "Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies." Accompanied by the original envelope.
    2. Otto R. Frisch Typed Letters (5) Signed dating between October 11, 1948, and February 16, 1949. All are a single page on the University of Cambridge's Department of Physics stationery. In one letter, Frisch reports that he has sent Goodall's paper to Paul Dirac, "the only person likely to understand it."
    3. John Von Neumann Typed Letter Signed. One page, Los Alamos, New Mexico, June 23, 1949, on letterhead reading "University of California Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory." The original envelope is included.
    4. Norbert Wiener Typed Letter Signed. One page, Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia in Mexico, January 16, 1950, on the institute's stationery. The original envelope is included.
    5. W. D. Hodge Autograph Letter Signed. One page, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 23, 1950, on Harvard University stationery.
    6. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Autograph Letter Signed. One page, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, July 2, 1950, on stationery reading "Marine Biological Laboratory." Accompanied by the original envelope. Szent-Gyorgyi invites Goodall to work with him at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole (now known as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute). No information is available as to the dates or nature of his work there, but it is known that he was stationed there for some time in the 1950s.

    Also included is a photocopy of Goodall's two-page typed manuscript with handwritten mathematical equations. This is the paper which perplexed so many great minds. All letters have been well cared for and exhibit the usual toning and folds.


    More Information:

    Marcus Campbell Goodall (1914-1998) attended Balliol College, Oxford, but was dismissed before receiving his degree for some mischief involving an automobile. During World War II, he was summoned into service as an experimental officer to the British Admiralty Signals Establishment in the scientific and technical pools at Royal Fort, Bristol. Following the war, he joined the research staff of Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company in Essex where he authored two manuscripts, one entitled "New Foundations of Physical Field Theory" and the other "P-adic Statistics and Elementary Particles." Both papers were rejected by the Physical Review and Reviews of Modern Physics for the same reasons that Einstein and Born gave. Goodall continued his work at several American universities and authored two books and numerous papers.



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