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I started my seminars with Taylor’s paper on “The diffusion by discontinuous movement”; then the paper by Karman and Howarth, and Batchelor’s report on Kolmogoroff’s theory. In the winter, the paper principally discussed was the one by Heisenberg. I found that for the stationary case, the solution of Heisenberg’s equation can be found explicitly; also that in the case of decay, Heisenberg’s integral equation, for the similarity solution, can be reduced to a differential equation which can be integrated.

In evaluating the minimum, things were not going smoothly; and during one of my absences, on her own initiative, Donna computed R for a whole range and discovered that the function has two minima whose relative magnitudes depended on R and T . The deeper of the two minima changes from one branch to another at a determinate Q; and a discontinuity in a occurs at this value of Q. Thus the discovery that for a given T , and increasing Q, there is a critical Q at which a changes from a large to a small value, was Donna’s.

This page intentionally left blank scientificbio January 5, 2011 11:30 Reprint volume: A Scientific Autobiography ... scientificbio January 5, 2011 11:30 Reprint volume: A Scientific Autobiography ... scientificbio January 5, 2011 11:30 Reprint volume: A Scientific Autobiography ... Turbulence; Hydromagnetism (1948–1960) HØI 1947 At about the time my work on radiative equilibrium was coming to an end, and I was contemplating writing my Radiative Transfer, I began to think of the future. As I told van de Hulst, my work (and that of most other theoretical astrophysicists) during the two preceding decades was largely the carrying out of the program implicit in the pioneer investigations of Karl Schwarzschild, Eddington, Jeans and Milne.

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