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By Richard M. Weiner

Analogies play a primary position in technology. to appreciate how and why, at a given second, a definite analogy was once used, one has to grasp the explicit, old situations lower than which the hot notion was once built. This historic heritage isn't provided in medical articles and rather infrequently in books. For the overall reader, the undergraduate or graduate pupil who learns the topic for the 1st time, but in addition for the practitioner who seems to be for thought or who desires to comprehend what his colleague operating in one other box does, those historic situations should be attention-grabbing and necessary. This ebook discusses a sequence of analogy results in subatomic physics, the prediction and thought of which the writer has contributed to within the final 50 years. those phenomena are offered at a degree obtainable to the non-specialist, with no formulae yet with emphasis at the own and ancient history: memoirs of conferences, discussions and correspondence with collaborators and associates. As such, along with its medical facets, the booklet constitutes an soaking up witness account of a holocaust survivor who hence illegally crossed the Iron Curtain to flee communist persecution.

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In the USSR possessing hard currency was illegal, but we decided nevertheless to keep it as a reserve. When we crossed the border to Romania, I hid it in one of my shoes. As a matter of fact, it was the only reserve we had and when we arrived in Suceava where I passed my high school equivalence examinations, we exchanged it there on the black market and bought food for a few days. ch02 March 20, 2008 10:43 spi-b524 Analogies in Physics and Life 9in x 6in 3 War — The Ghetto On July 5th , 1941 Romanian troops accompanied by German SS units entered Czernowitz.

Even after 1923, when Jews were granted citizenship, anti-Semitism was in Romania more than in most other European countries quite a common phenomenon. Already at the age of six or seven I came to realize that belonging to the “chosen people” was not necessarily a privilege. Indeed, the events, which happened in the late thirties, were so disturbing for Jews that even a six-year-old child like myself could not avoid taking notice. I remember that in 1936 or 1937 I had been visiting my father’s family in Storojinets.

Menziu, his wife and their daughter survived the ghetto, but their son, in trying to escape from a labor camp in Romania, died in 1943, at the age of 19, when the boat, which was supposed to bring him to Palestine, was scuttled. While my grand parents were religious, my parents were not. Nevertheless, presumably to please our grandparents, important Jewish holidays were kept in my parents’ house. Even the religiousness of my grandparents has to be qualified. When at the beginning of the First World War my father was mobilized ch01 March 20, 2008 10:43 spi-b524 Analogies in Physics and Life Analogies in Physics and Life 9in x 6in ch01 15 into the Austrian army, his father accompanied him to the railway station.

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