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By Peter L. Duren, Richard Askey, Uta C. Merzbach

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Dirac's lectures were much more speculative, and it was not until I heard Carl Anderson lecture on the newly discovered positron in the spring of 1933 that I realized that Dirac's lectures were concerned with a much broader concept of quantum mechanics than that postulated by Schrodinger's equations. In the meantime, I had decided to concentrate on finite group theory, and was transferred to Philip Hall as adviser. By that spring, I had rediscovered lattices (the "Dualgruppen" of Dedekind; see §8), which had also been independently rediscovered a few years earlier by Fritz Klein who called them "Verbande".

Brinkmann was a resident tutor in mathematics, and J. S. Frame a resident graduate student. My mathematical tutorials with Morse were supplemented by occasional casual chats on a variety of subjects with these and other friendly tutors, as well as (naturally) with my father. The Coolidges tried to set a tone of good manners by entertaining suitably clad undergraduates in their tastefully furnished residence. MATHEMATICS AT HARVARD, 1836-1944 39 Hours of study in Lowell House were relieved by lighter moments.

Vols. 92-95). I was fascinated by Caratheodory's paper "on the linear measure of sets" and Hausdorfl's fractional-dimensional measure, so brilliantly applied to fractals by Benoit Mandelbrot in recent decades. This reading was guided and monitored by Marston Morse; like all faculty members, his official duties included talking with each of his `tutees' for about an hour every two weeks. By that time, Lowell's ambition of establishing "houses" at Harvard similar to the Colleges of Oxford and Cambridge had also come to fruition, and I became a member of Lowell House, of which Coolidge was the dedicated "master".

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