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The characteristic hallmark of Fröhlich’s particular genius was his ability to recognize when new ideas genuinely had to be introduced and when they did not. In this he was assisted by an ability to understand physics intuitively, rather than through an unhealthy dependence on mathematics—a trend that had become increasingly prevalent during the late 1950s, and one that he lamented and caustically criticised in the introduction to his 1961 review of superconductivity:


Meson Theory Consummate Skill 20th Century Physic DublinTrinity College European Physical Society 
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  3. Heitler, W.: Recollections of working with Herbert Fröhlich. In: Haken, H., Wagner, M. (eds.) Cooperative Phenomena, pp. 422–424. Springer, Berlin, New York (1973)Google Scholar

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  1. 1.ex-University of WarwickCoventryUK

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