Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist by Peter Martel

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Part 2:
In The Beginning:
The “free world” wasn’t competing adequately in the realm of science. Suddenly there was an enormous sense of urgency that we had somehow fallen behind. On November third of that year, our scientific community was subjected to a further jolt.The Russians had launched a dog into space. From these two events the direction of my future was forged. A new compelling interest in science and research was to emerge and carry me with it. Or, put another way, the floodgates of scientific financing were opened to a wider range of talent.

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