“This chap from MIT: Look at his aptitude test ratings in mathematics and physics. Fantastic! Nobody else who's applying here at Princeton comes anywhere near so close to the absolute peak.” Someone else on the Graduate Admissions Committee broke in, “He must be a diamond in the rough. We've never let in anyone with scores so low in history and English. But look at the practical experience he's had in chemistry and in working with friction.”
How a 21‐year‐old grad student met this 28‐year‐old assistant prof and went on to amaze the kids, wreak havoc in the lab and invent a new way to understand quantum mechanics.