Frederic de Hoffmann
(8 Jul 1925 - 4 Oct 1989)
Science Quotes by Frederic de Hoffmann (1 quote)
Edward [Teller] isnt the cloistered kind of scientist. He gets his ideas in conversation and develops them by trying them out on people. We were coming back from Europe on the Ile de France and I was standing in the ships nightclub when he came up and said, 'Freddie, I think I have an idea. It was something hed just thought of about magnetohydrodynamics. I was a bachelor then and Id located several good-looking girls on the ship, but I knew what I had to do, so I disappeared and started working on the calculations. Id get something finished and start prowling on the deck again when Edward would turn up out of the night and wed walk the deck together while he talked and I was the brick wall he was bouncing these things off of. By the end of the trip we had a paper. Hed had the ideas, and Id done some solving of equations. But he insisted that we sign in alphabetical order, which put my name first.
— Frederic de Hoffmann