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[FEYNMAN, RICHARD P.] TWO BOOKS BOUGHT BY FEYNMAN WHILE A SOPHOMORE AT MIT, SIGNED BY HIM. 1936 & '37

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  • POOLE, E.G.C. Introduction to the Theory of Linear Differential Equations. Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1936.
8vo. 202 pp. Blue publisher's cloth; worn. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED IN PEN ON FLYLEAF WITH THE CAPITALS LETTERS WRITTEN WITH DOUBLE LINES "FEYNMAN, R.P./ 71 BAY STATE RD, BOSTON, MASS/ 1502 MOTT AVE. FAR ROCKAWAY, NEW YORK." AND: BITTER, FRANCIS. Introduction to Ferromagnetism. New York and London: McGraw-Hill Book Company Inc., 1937. 8vo. 314 pp. Mustard publisher's cloth; worn. FIRST EDITION. SIGNED IN PENCIL ON FLYLEAF WITH THE CAPITAL LETTERS IN HIS NAME WRITTEN WITH DOUBLE LINES "R.P. FEYNMAN 71 BAY STATE RD. / BOSTON, MASS."

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FIRST EDITIONS OF TWO BOOKS BOUGHT BY FEYNMAN AT MIT DURING HIS SOPHOMORE YEAR, BOTH SIGNED BY HIM IN A STYLE FAVORED IN HIS YOUTH. A wonderful pair of books which give us a glimpse into Feynman's earliest influences. The books were both clearly important to him, as not only did he sign them both with his name, but he also wrote in his home address, that of the Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, which Feynman joined in his Sophomore year at MIT, in both. The copy of Poole, published in 1936, bears not only the address of the Fraternity, but also his address back home in Far Rockaway, New York. Bitter, published in 1937, and likely purchased later, only bears the address of the fraternity house, a telling sign of a young man who had left home and struck out on his own in the world.  

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