- Letter from Beatrice Wulf, Secretary to LP, to Warren Chester RE: Informs him that they are not able to help him with his problem of applying thin films of metal to objects. [Letter from Chester to LP August 30, 1947] [Filed under LP Correspondence Box: #74.15, file:(C: Correspondence, 1946)]
- Letter from Dr. Albert Einstein, Chairman, Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists, to Mrs. Marion F. McDowell. Thanks her for her donation and support of their work. Also encloses an article by Cord Meyer, which may be of interest to her. [Letter from McDowell to Einstein, September 8, 1947] LP Peace: Box 3.005, Folder 5.5
- Letter from Dr. Louis Finkelstein, Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion, to LP RE: Thanks him for trying to contact Dr. Mudd. Mentions the meetings in Philadelphia. Discusses the possibility of holding the Conference in California in 1949. Encloses the program from the meetings. [Letter from LP to Finkelstein September 2, 1947] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #120.2, file:(Finkelstein, Louis)]
- Letter from LP to Dr. David Shoemaker, Institute for Theoretical Physics. [Filed under LP Correspondence: #363.3]
I was pleased to receive your two letters. Please let me know whether your crossing was pleasant, and how you are getting along in Copenhagen. Dr. Corey has just told me about your letter to him. While I was in Stockholm I saw a couple of Americans from Copenhagen, who said that they were expecting you. They also said that they were looking forward to telling you about the ways in which a European university differs from an American one.
You no doubt have learned that you will be pretty much on your own in Copenhagen, and that it will be up to you to determine whether you accomplish anything in the way of research or not. The problem of electron theory of metals is a difficult one indeed, and you might well have some trouble in finding some phase of it to work on. Don't worry if you flounder around for awhile, without getting anything very definite accomplished.
One attack that has seemed to me worth while, but which I have not followed up at all, is the extension of the calculations that J. Bardeen reported, on the compressibilities of the alkali metals, in a couple of papers in the Physical Review nearly ten years ago. He says something about using s and p orbitals in his calculations, but Dr. Waser told me that he did not really consider hybridization, in that the wave function that he used involves only the constant dependency on the angle; that is, an s wave function so far as angular dependency goes. I believe that he used an orbital wave function that in some way is similar to both the s and p orbital functions.
Perhaps you would be interested in studying Bardeen's papers carefully, and then in examining the calculations to see whether there is any way in which hybridization of the s and p functions, including the angular dependency, can be introduced. I would be interested to hear from you about this or about any other problem on which you may work.
Please let me know, when your plans become definite, what you intend to do about coming to Oxford. It might be necessary to make arrangements for living quarters for you - it seems hard even to get board and room in Oxford. I shall be lecturing during the second and third terms, that is, from about the middle of January till about the middle of March (a term of eight weeks) on the nature of the chemical bond, and from nearly the end of April to the middle of June, probably on inter-molecular forces and biological specificity. I expect that I shall travel on the continent for about a month, from perhaps the 20th or 25th of March to the corresponding time in April. I am then planning to leave Oxford about July 1, to spend a few days in Copenhagen, about a month in Sweden, a couple of weeks in Norway, and a week in England before leaving for home near the end of August.
Please give my regards to Professor Bohr.
- Letter from LP to Prof. H. M. Randall, Physics Dept., University of Michigan, RE: States Prof. Ernest H. Swift's opinion of Prof. H. H. Willard is that he is an active worker in the field of analytical chemistry, but has not made any significant contributions to science. [Memo from LP to Prof. Ernest H. Swift September 11, 1947] [Filed under LP Correspondence: #340.12]
- Letter from LP to Professor H. P. Simons, Department of Chemical Engineering, West Virginia University RE: Sends him information about their administrative policies regarding faculty consulting outside of the university. [Letter from Simons to LP August 19, 1947] [Filed under LP Correspondence: 378.1]
- Letter from LP to Thomas Sherwood RE: Thanks him for the article copies on Air-Wick and Airkem, and regrets that he has not yet found the patent number requested. [Letter from Sherwood to LP August 25, 1947] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #8.2, file:(Air-Wick, 1944, 1947)]
- Letter from Lawrence Levin, Editor, the Book of Science, to LP RE: Invites him to join the staff of “The Book of Science.” Requests that he write chapter 28 on organic materials in living beings. [Letter from LP to Levin September 19, 1947] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #37.14, file:(B: Correspondence 1947)]
- Minutes from the Board of Directors meeting. [Filed under LP Science: American Chemical Society: Correspondence, 1943-1948: Box #14.003 Folder #3.3]
- Writes cheque to “Eastern Columbia. 12 doz soap (6 doz both deluxe, 6 doz price)” $11.79 [LP Biographical: Business and Financial 4.073, folder 73.6]