Königsberg Roots

  • Michael Eckert


“You think you’re pushing something aside; instead you get pushed into it.” Thus, in a letter to his parents, the 26-year-old Arnold Sommerfeld recalled the critical step on his path to a career as a university teacher when he gained qualification to teach at the University of Göttingen. That he now belonged to “Germany’s houses of learning” was hardly worth making a big fuss over. “It’s only circumstances that have forced me into it,” he said. Nonetheless, the occasion seemed significant enough to remember his Königsberg roots. “Seeing our father sit each night at his books from the pure joy of work and the acquisition of knowledge; seeing our mother slave away day in and day out simply from her need to fulfill her duty—this had to have the effect of instilling earnest aspiration in us children too.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Eckert
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  1. 1.Deutsches MuseumMunichGermany

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