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November 1952: “Eisenhower Elected President” proclaimed the headline in Die Welt. Why did they do that, those crazy Americans? This will mean the Dulles brothers in power and Adenauer's rearmament of Germany. But I put politics out of my mind and rang the doorbell of the apartment on Hamburg's Bundesstrasse. A maid with a little white cap opened the door.
Pascual Jordan was one of the great theoretical physicists of the century. But his attempt to modify general relativity with a variable gravitational constant did nothing to enhance his reputation. Nor did his conspicuous membership in the Nazi Party.