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The writer had the great privilege of being a pupil of Helmholtz, living eight years next door to him, at Heidelberg, seeing him almost every day. It gives me great pleasure to furnish some personal notes about Helmholtz's character, his working methods, industry, etc.
His working methods, from my first interview with him, aroused my admiration, by their directness. I presented myself in his laboratory without any introduction. He asked me what I wanted to do. I said I wanted to study ophthalmology, and my particular object was to drill myself in physiological optics, under assistance I could not obtain in Berlin.
"Where do you wish to begin your work?" I said: "I would like to begin at a certain problem in your paper on accommodation, of which I can not find a solution." He replied: "Sit down and let us see." I showed him the place, and told him
KNAPP H. A FEW PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF HELMHOLTZ. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(9):557–558. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480090009001b
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