Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist by Peter Martel

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Part 24:
My First University:
Needless to say, I was at a disadvantage in physics especially when it came to lab work. One of my first lab experiments involved splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. When I asked the Professor (A.D. MacDonald who was later moved to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena) about how to connect up the lead wires to the terminals of the apparatus his reaction was something like: “Where on earth did you come from?” Likewise, in electronics class, another Prof (C.K. Hoyt) marvelled at how well I could answer the theoretical questions – but a dead loss, when connecting up the circuits. Most of the other students had been assembling crystal radios while still in grade school.

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